The main reason we went to Philadelphia is because of books….And when you travel because of books you are rarely let down. Stacy and I ended up in Uncle Bobbie’s Shop, a book store in Germantown after visiting the Lest We Forget Slavery Museum.
Some of the books I came across that I made a note to purchase.
Below, Stacy and I smiling with Mrs. Ragsdale, the director of the Lest We Forget Slavery Museum. She gave us a very informative tour. The tour changed the way I see the world and how I see myself. Learning about the slave trade and the atrocities of it, did something to my joyous spirit for the rest of the weekend. Stacy kept asking me, What happened?
I realize when one begin to dig into history, one have to be ready for the good, the bad and the ugly. That was the first time I visited a museum and actually cried.
As mentioned before in a previous blog, we also visited the African American History Museum which was rich with history but a totally different experience.
Philadelphia prides itself in being the forerunner in Black Press. In 1884, Christopher Perry published the Philadelphia Tribune making it the oldest black paper in the United States.
The street newsstand…
Right before we ate, we caught the last few hours of the children’s book fair. Where we met authors and Illustrators, Nikki Grimes, Renee Watson, Carole Boston Weatherford, Eric Velasquez, Tami Charles and Floyd Cooper.
First I met Jeffrey Boston Weatherford and he told me about his debut book ( he is the illustrator and his mother is the author), You can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen.
Then, I met his mother, Carole Boston Weatherford. I didn’t realize that I met a genius until I sat down and read some of her work. I really appreciate the time and labor she put towards writing children books.
During a meeting with the students at Mary Mitchell, I showed them all the books I bought written by her and they gasped.
oh my gosh! She wrote so many books!!
I was able to talk to my students about my favorite photographer, Gordon Parks, through the use of her book, Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured White and Black America.
Most of the students were familiar with Freedom on the Menu and those who weren’t were more interested in that book than any of the other books I purchased by her.
I am happy I met them and can’t wait to see what this pair put out next!