***CONTEST CLOSED. WINNERS SELECTED!***
Thanks to everyone who entered. I saw a lot of new names and appreciate all the beautiful things that were shared in comments. I hope you all will come back again for future giveaways. I wish I could say everyone wins, but I can choose only three. In the interests of keeping things totally fair, I used Random.org to select the winners. I enter everyone’s names in the order in which they commented. Random.org scrambles that list and the names it gives me in the #1, #2, and #3 slots are my winners.
Those winners are:
- Martha Lawsosn
Congratulations! Winners will be contacted via E-mail for their shipping address so their prize can be sent. Thanks again to all who entered and to the ever generous Hachette Book Group for making this possible.
When I was a child, “African-American History Month” was called “Black History Month”… I guess they changed it to be politically correct.
Most of my classmates hated history class in the month of February. In February each year, we read the same stories we had read the year before about Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver. The hallway bulletin boards were always a strange mix of Valentine hearts and African American heroes.
Our town was like many small, suburban towns, with very few minority families. We ignorantly wondered aloud, “Why do black people get their own month? White people don’t have a month!” … A brave black classmate named James once replied, “Sure you do. In fact, you got eleven of ’em.”
I’m sure at the time we didn’t appreciate the depth of what our classmate James had said, but years later I would remember it and realize that from that young age, he was already seeing the world differently than his white classmates. Now I think back on “Black History Month” and try to see it through James’ eyes, and the eyes of the other minority kids at our school. It must have felt good to finally turn to those hidden chapters in the History text book and hear the teacher speak with admiration of those more familiar faces.
And today, how far we’ve come. Children no longer have to wait for February’s history class. Today, they can pick up a newspaper or turn on the T.V., and see history writing itself before their very eyes.
In honor of “African-American History Month”, in honor of those past, present and future who will be read about in history books for years to come, Hachette Book Group, has asked if I would like to host a book giveaway.
Here are the prizes:
Each winner will receive a copy of each of the following books:
1. The American Journey of Barack Obama By The Editors of Life Magazine
2. Fledgling By Octavia Butler
3. Stand the Storm By Breena Clarke
4. Red River By Lalita Tademy
5. Keep the Faith: A Memoir By Faith Evans
6. Say You’re One of Them By Uwem Akpan
7. The Shack By William Young
8. The Bishop’s Daughter By Tiffany Warren
That’s 8 books!
Here are the rules:
1. Leave your name and valid E-mail address in the comments. (You do not need to put your E-mail address in the actual comment – in the E-mail field is good enough. I just need to be able to contact you in case you are a winner.) One entry per household.
2. In your comment, tell me anything relevant to this topic. It can be a memory of Black History Month, (as I have shared), a personal story of race relations, your hopes for the future, etc.
3. I will choose 3 winners. Each winner will receive all 8 books.
4. United States and Canada only, please. You must be able to provide a shipping address for your prize when I contact you via E-mail. No P.O. Boxes allowed. You also grant me permission to share your address with Hachette Book Group – (they send the prize directly.) Your name, E-mail address and shipping address will not be used for anything else.
5. Contest ends Sunday, February 15th, 2009. Winners will be announced on this same blog post and contacted via E-mail Monday, February 16th, 2009.