Jason Reynold’s “Grab the Mic” July Newsletter.
Danielle Allen, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, will receive the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, the Librarian of Congress has announced.
Some of the origins of Juneteenth can be traced to the front porch of a plantation house in Limestone County, Texas, where a slaveowner told his 150 enslaved workers that they were free on June 19, 1865.
How would freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass have sounded while delivering one of his classic speeches? A speech on John Brown offers a few clues.
The Library’s collections document the historic 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest protests for social justice in national history, in our Changemakers series.
In this writing exercise, Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, challenges you to invent new synonyms.
Rosa Parks launched one of the most influential protests in American history, chronicled at the Library and featured in the exhibit, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words.” You can explore it online, even while the Library is closed due to COVID-19. The Parks papers and exhibit are part of the Library’s role in preserving and presenting the lives of revolutionary American changemakers.
In a National Book Festival Presents conversation that premieres tonight (June 5), Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch discuss the national protests that have roiled the nation after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds has a couple more writing exercises to stretch your brain. One: How would you define love to a magical pet who could speak? Two: Create your own video game. Both teach young writers what storytellers do.
Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is back this week with two writing challenges. One is playful, the other is more thoughtful.