Posted in America, Black History, freedom, reading, Rights, Slavery

THE SLAVE WHO MAILED HIMSELF TO FREEDOM

Hi Guys,

Because this is Black History Month, I wanted to share with you some extraordinary people in African American History who did all they could to get to freedom.  I am sure you know that freedom is the right of every living person man, woman, boy and girl on the Earth.  It is so important and wonderful that many have died rather than become or remain slaves.  One man in particular wanted freedom so bad that he actually mailed himself to freedom.

His name was Henry Box Brown. 

 

Henry Brown

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Henry Brown was born into slavery in 1816 on a plantation called Hermitage in Louisa County, Virginia. Henry may have remembered his parents fondly, stating that his mother was the one to instill Christian values into him. He is believed to have had at least two siblings, mentioning a brother and a sister in his autobiography.

Brown was first married to a fellow slave, named Nancy, but their marriage was not recognized legally. They had three children born into slavery under the partus sequitur ventrem principle. Brown was hired out by his master in Richmond, Virginia, and worked in a tobacco factory, renting a house where he and his wife lived with their children. Brown had also been paying his wife’s master not to sell his family, but the man betrayed Brown, selling pregnant Nancy and their three children to a different slave owner.

With the help of James C. A. Smith, a free black man, and a sympathetic white shoemaker (and likely gambler) named Samuel A. Smith (no relation), Brown devised a plan to have himself shipped in a box to a free state by the Adams Express Company, known for its confidentiality and efficiency.  Brown paid US$86 (equivalent to $2,643 in 2019) (out of his savings of $166) to Samuel Smith. Smith went to Philadelphia to consult with members of Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society on how to accomplish the escape, meeting with minister James Miller McKimWilliam Still, and Cyrus Burleigh. He corresponded with them to work out the details after returning to Richmond. They advised him to mail the box to the office of Quaker merchant Passmore Williamson, who was active with the Vigilance Committee.

During the trip, which began on March 29, 1849, Brown’s box was transported by wagon, railroad, steamboat, wagon again, railroad, ferry, railroad, and finally delivery wagon, being completed in 27 hours. Despite the instructions on the box of “handle with care” and “this side up,” several times carriers placed the box upside-down or handled it roughly. Brown remained still and avoided detection.

The box was received by Williamson, McKim, William Still, and other members of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee on March 30, 1849, attesting to the improvements in express delivery services. When Brown was released, one of the men remembered his first words as “How do you do, gentlemen?” He sang a psalm from the Bible, which he had earlier chosen to celebrate his release into freedom.
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Posted in America, Black History, Civil Rights

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Hi Guys,

Well, it’s February.  And every February has been deemed Black History Month.  Here a bit of history about Black History Month

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local  celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.

President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The 2013 theme, At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, marks the 150th and 50th anniversaries of two pivotal events in African-American history.

 

Online reference:  https://theapopkavoice.com/history-black-history-month/

 

Talk to you later,

 

 

Posted in Christmas, Twelve Days of Christmas

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – FOUR CALLING BIRDS

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me 

Four calling birds

Today 4 Calling Birds would cost  $599.96 

Online reference:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2018/11/30/it-will-cost-you-more-to-buy-the-12-days-of-christmas-this-year/#3a605a4f3673

Online reference for calling bird photo: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/130252614194606097/?lp=true

Posted in Christmas, Twelve Days of Christmas

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE

 

Let’s see how much the gifts costs today in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas”

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree

Today, a partridge in a pear tree would cost approximately $209.99 

 

Online reference: https://clark.com/deals-money-saving-advice/how-much-would-the-12-days-of-christmas-cost-today/

 

 

 

Posted in America, Causes, Ronald McDonald House

THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE!

I am a member of the Ronald McDonald House and have been for a while.  Here’s a history of it:

 

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE IS BORN.

Working as a pediatric oncologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Evans saw families spend night after night in the hospital while their children received life-saving medical treatment. She knew there had to be a better way, and envisioned a simple house where families could stay during these stressful and uncertain times

Ronald McDonald House

At the same time, the Philadelphia Eagles were raising funds in support of player Fred Hill, whose daughter Kim was in treatment for leukemia at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. When the Eagles General Manager Jimmy Murray approached St. Christopher’s about making a donation, Dr. Lawrence Naiman suggested there was an even greater need for funds resting with Dr. Evans. Jimmy Murray met Dr. Evans and quickly learned of her concept of a home for families. He reached out to McDonald’s with the idea that they could offer the proceeds from their Shamrock Shake sales to benefit this new house. McDonald’s agreed, and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House was born on October 15, 1974.

DETROIT BECOMES THE 11TH LOCATION.

Virginia head shot Ronald McDonald

The idea quickly spread around the United States. Many physicians and parents wondered if the same idea could work here in Detroit. With guidance from the national McDonald’s Corporation, the doors of RMHC Detroit opened in November of 1979, adjacent to the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, becoming the 11th Ronald McDonald House location to open.

Since the opening of the Detroit house, locations have also opened in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. There are more than 300 Ronald McDonald House locations around the world.

Hey guys, it’s a great thing and a great feeling to help someone else.  Talk to you later.

Jenny

Online Reference: https://rmhc-detroit.org/about-us/history/

 

Posted in Book, Kids and reading, Library, reading, School, School Fun

FIRST FEW WEEKS OF SCHOOL ARE GREAT!

 

Hi Guys,

Well, I know that things have settled down for you now that school is in session.  I am sure that many of you have chosen clubs to be in before and after school, too.  I heard that at one high school they had a robotics club, where the students spend the semester making a robot that they can enter into competition to see who wins!  That sounds so exciting!  

Then I heard that there is a reading club at another school.  You know that’s the one I love the most. Reading opens the world up to you.  Just think if you want to know more about robotics, just grab a book at the library and read it.  You’ll learn a lot.  

I know a woman who is an author and she travels once a year to a reading conference and sits with students of all ages.  These students all have a desire to be writers themselves.  Say, that’s a good idea.  Have you ever had the desire to write a book?  Drop me a line if you have.  I’d like to talk with you about it.  Make sure it’s all right with Mom and Dad.  Just leave me a comment on this blog so I can get to you, and I’ll be glad to talk to you about it.

Do you see the picture above, with all the kids raising their hands to answer the question?  That’s what I want to make sure all of you do.  Reading makes you smarter, too.  So, keep it simple and read a book.  Talk to you later.

Jenny

Posted in Book, Cultures, Kids and reading, Library, reading, Summer Fun

LET’S MEET OTHERS!

Good morning guys,

Now you already know that I am a great fan of all of you reading books so that you can learn so much more.  Remember that in the pages of a book you can be anyone you want to be.  You can be an astronaut, a princess, a king, a nurse or doctor. Why you can even be a deep sea diver or an animal trainer!

There’s another great advantage to reading books.  You get to meet other kids and people from around the world.  I wonder what a child about 9 years old living in South Africa or Japan does first thing in the morning when it’s time to get ready for school. Are their schools like our schools?  Do they eat fun snacks and go to the movies like some of us here do?  Does a teenager in other lands have graduation ceremonies like our graduating teens do? How do they dress and why do they dress the way that they do?  I’m sure that kids from other places around the world ask the same questions about us.  

Kinder hängen an Linie als Trennlinie Dekoration
Hi there. Meet me in the pages of a book.

You know how to get your answers?  Sure you do! Read a book from the library about other cultures. Cultures, that an interesting word. What does it mean?  Well, I looked it up in a book called the dictionary. A dictionary has thousands of words in it with their different meanings.  

Cultures in short means: “the customs, social institutions and achievements of a particular nation.”

So, when you pick up a book about people in Haiti or Egypt, you read about what they do and why they do as they do.   It’s great to read a book guys! Let’s continue to enjoy our Summer with trips, fun activities, picnics, swimming, and more. But please remember there’s more fun in the pages of a book than most anywhere else.  Check out about other kids around the world before the Summer ends.  You’ll love it.

See ya,

Jenny

 

 

Posted in Kids and reading, Library, reading, School, Summer Fun

SUMMER IS IN FULL SWING- WHAT ABOUT YOUR READING?

Hi Guys,

Can you see my friend Jen, above.  She’s reading a book and has two more books to read.  She loves to read. Even though she has already been on a summer vacation with her family, and went to the amusement park with her friends, she hasn’t forgotten to read during this Summer.  

I am sending all of you this short reminder to be sure that you visit your local library or favorite book store and get some books to read. The books don’t have to been hundreds of pages long for you to read, unless you want that kind of book.   Wow! That’s a great idea.  Go to the library and ask the librarian for a good long book that’s age appropriate for you and determine to read 20 minutes a day until school starts again.  If you finish that book before school begins, great!  If not, just keep on reading until you do.  Guess what? You’ll have read so much that when the new text books are given out and assignments on your tablet are downloaded, you’ll already be in good reading practice and will ace any of your assignments!

So, until next time, let’s get our minds sharpened and our eyes roving over those pages in our favorite books.  Keep having good fun this Summer.  

I almost forgot.  I have two new books coming out later this year.  One is called “Junior Rabbit Travels to New York,” and the other is “Junior Rabbit Travels Home.”  I’ll let you know when they come out so you can add them to your collection of children’s books. One more thing, when you get to the library, watch out for falling books!

Talk to you later,

Jenny