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Thoughtful Thursday: Poetry For Pride Month

In celebration of Pride Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features works by LBGTQ poets.  Some of these poets have been featured in many Thoughtful Thursdays, like June Jordan (1936-2002) and Audrey Lorde (1934-1992), and others, like E. Ethelbert Miller (b. 1950) and Blas Falconer, are new to these pages. The voice of the other, the ones less heard, is strong [...]

OK For Kids to Call Adults by their First Name? I Say No. What Do You Say?

I always encouraged (required, actually) my children’s friends to call me Mrs. Lewis, and I insisted that my children call most adults Mr. or Mrs./Ms. as well. If the parents were really good friends, they became “Aunt” and “Uncle” to our kids, and we were the same to theirs. But that was the only exception. Once my children started [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: It’s National Mental Health Awareness Month. How are You Doing?

New month, new celebration: did you know that May is National Mental Health Awareness Month? Yep, since 1949 May has been designated Mental Health Month in the U.S. to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to erase the stigma associated with mental health disorders. And a good thing, too, since we as a people (especially we [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Farewell, Women’s History Month

On our last Thoughtful Thursday in Women's History Month  we celebrate the work of three wonderful poets:  the wonderfully accomplished and prolific June Jordan (1936–2002); the brilliant British poet and activist Warsan Shire (b.1988), who is most widely known as the poet whose work was featured in Beyonce's visual album Lemonade; and the young talented poet and writer Alexandra [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating U.S. Poet Laureates

In today's Thoughtful Thursday we continue our month long tribute to women poets in honor of Women's History Month.  Today we shine a spotlight on the four African-American female poets who have been appointed by the Library of Congress to serve as the U.S. Poet Laureate,  our nation's chief poetry consultant. Originally called the "Consultant in Poetry to the Library of [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Women Poets in March

Today's Thoughtful Thursday continues the celebration of Women's History Month, featuring women poets from a variety of cultures and generations. Today we offer a delightful assortment of poems about women by women. First Patricia Smith (b.1955) gives us a "Hip Hop Ghazal" celebrating femininity. A ghazal, originally an Arabic verse form dealing with loss and romantic love, consists of couplets [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: International Woman’s Day

It's Thoughtful Thursday, and in honor of  International Woman's Day (which is tomorrow, March 8), today we are featuring a diverse slate of fantastic women poets. From June Jordan we have "Oughta Be a Woman", a poem that pays special tribute to mothers of color but is an ode to mothers everywhere. Chilean poet and visual artist Celia Vicuña gives [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Farewell, Black History Month

As it is the last day of Black History Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features several poems celebrating notable Black figures in American history and one in commemorating the history of Black people in America.    GCP hopes that parents share Black American history with their sons and daughters throughout the year, (not just for one month, every month), but we are not [...]

Tell Your Kids About the REAL “Green Book”: Watch “The GreenBook: Guide to Freedom” on the Smithsonian Channel

As you've probably heard, this year's Best Picture Oscar went to the film “Green Book” on Sunday. This is the story of a white limo driver who discovers the existence of racism when he drives a touring black classical pianist around the Jim Crow era South. (A collective groan went up around our TV when this award was announced, [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Malcolm X

Fifty four years ago today, on February 21, 1965, activist and religious leader Malcolm X was assassinated by a member of the Nation of Islam while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. Today's Thoughtful Thursday pays tribute to Malcolm X, first with the stirring eulogy Ossie Davis delivered at his funeral.  Then, [...]