Voices of Change: A Teen Reflects on Freedom

November 14, 2017


By JGL, 13

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
You say all religions will be treated equally
Don’t ostracize Muslims, let them be

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
Our president doesn’t support free press, it may be gone soon
Forthright writing is only found once in a blue moon

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
We should be able to articulate how we feel, without repercussion
Don’t be aloof, have a genial discussion

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
Justice should be fair and resolute
Regardless of race and gender, or the point is moot

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
You can’t purge the world of guns
But people shouldn’t bask in violence or flaunt weapons for fun

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
Don’t make the accused wait in anguish
While they continually languish

What’s the use of freedom, if we’re not really free
Search should be legal and follow the rules
Don’t make people scapegoats or play them for fools

What’s the use of freedom if we’re not really free
My premonition is that if we follow the constitution’s true meaning, we’ll be great
We need to instill love and exterminate the defect of hate

Read about Voices of Change on The Brown Bookshelf:

The Brown Bookshelf opens up this space to you — to young readers, to parents and caregivers, to educators, and all who work directly with children and teens. See previous entries here.

What are you thinking? How are you feeling about what is happening in our towns and cities, our world? Where do we go from here? What would you like to see happen? What do you want to do? How can we offer our support?

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Shining the Spotlight: The Brown Bookshelf Salutes Great Books for Kids

November 11, 2017

If you’re attending AASL, please join us for our Shining the Spotlight program today in Room North 124A from 10:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. The BBS team will be represented by Gwendolyn Hooks, Kelly Starling Lyons, Tameka Fryer Brown and Crystal Allen.

Following the session, Crystal will sign at booth 223 from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tameka will read in Authorpalooza at 12:15 p.m.

Tameka and Kelly will sign in Authorpalooza at 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.

Here’s the list of books we featured in our book talk:

A Night Out With Mama by Quvenzhane Wallis, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

One Shadow on the Wall by Leah Henderson

American Ace by Marilyn Nelson

Visiting Day by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by James Ransome

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Crown by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon James

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth, illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Tiny Stitches by Gwendolyn Hooks, illustrated by Colin Bootman

Two Naomis by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick

Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by E. B. Lewis

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown and The Wall of Fame Game by Crystal Allen, illustrated by Eda Kaban

In Your Hands by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

The Ring Bearer written and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Preaching to the Chickens by Jabari Asim, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James Ransome

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Don’t Call Me Grandma by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Thank you for your support.