Fisk Jubilee Singers

According to the Munirah Chronicle,

1871 – The Fisk Jubilee Singers begin their tour to raise money
for the school. Soon they will become one of the most
popular African American folk-singing groups of the late
19th century, performing throughout the U.S. and Europe
and raising large sums for Fisk’s building program.

One children’s book, “A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired by the Jubilee Singers”, written by Deborah Hopkinson, and illustrated by Raul Colon, is a story based on the story of Ella Sheppard Moore, who was the pianist for the group.  This group became famous for singing spirituals.

Some additional resources are:

The American Experience The Jubilee Singers

The Kennedy Center:

At Fisk University, A Tradition of Spirituals:NPR:


Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison!

Toni Morrison was born February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio.  For more information about this award-winning author, click on the following links:

For lesson plans and ideas for using Toni Morrison’s book, Beloved, click on Thinkfinity, and type in Beloved in the search box.

2013 Reading Challenge

I’ve looked into some Reading Challenges, and I decided to create my own personal Reading Challenge.  I’m going to attempt two challenges this year.  The first one is to read Coretta Scott King Award Books (CSK) and to read a minimum of 12 global books.  I confess that I’ve read some of the CSK Books. However, I need to read them again and post my comments and any applicable lesson plans, activities, or resources that tie-in  to the book.

In addition to the African American Historical Events posts, I will also begin posting the books I am reading for my challenge.