Parents Are TeachHERs
As you know, here at Kasseem’s Dream, we celebrated “Black History Month” in February by learning about black inventors. You may have noticed that all of them were men. It just so happens that March is “Women’s History Month”. Can you guess what we will be learning about this month? You guessed it!! We will be learning about a few of the many amazingly brave and talented African American women who have played an important part in American History.
Way back in 1797 a slave named Isabella was born. She grew up to be an excellent speaker who spoke against slavery and women’s rights after gaining her freedom. She changed her name to Sojourner Truth.
Araminta Ross, born in 1822, was a conductor in the Underground Railroad. She was not an actual conductor on a train. What this means is she helped enslaved people achieve their freedom. In fact, she helped about 300 people, making 19 trips to the South to bring them to the North over 10 years, and was a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. She changed her name to Harriet Tubman.
In 1972 the first African American Congresswoman ran for President of the United States and won 151 delegates at the Democratic Convention. Her name was Shirley Chisholm.
The first woman of color to go into space is Dr. Mae Jemison who was an astronaut on the space shuttle Endeavor in 1992.
This multi-talented woman is a dancer, singer, actor, fund raiser, author, and poet who read a poem she composed just for the occasion at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.She is Maya Angelou.
We are bursting with pride at KD for all of the remarkable, strong female leaders who helped shape our country and made our lives easier! Ask your librarian to help you find a book about the many women to whom we owe a great big thanks.
Ellen DeWitt, M.S.Ed., is a retired public school teacher specializing in children experiencing difficulty with academic and/or behavioral issues. She is excited to present ideas, projects and advice to maximize children’s creativity and well-being.