Anancy at Model City Library

Black History MonthWho'd have thought that when I wrote Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories that I'd be reading to approximately fifty or sixty children at the Model City Library? Yet, there I was at a kickoff event for Black History Month hosted by the Miami Dade Public Library System.

Now, I'm not even going to pretend that it was easy to keep their attention. Many of the children, I suspected, were not used to being read to, or maybe it was the subject matter--they'd never heard about Anancy. Which makes me think I need to get to work on that Anancy picture book that I've been thinking about.

Whatever the case, I had lots of fun and I think the children did too. I also hoped that the children learned something about themselves. You see, I wrote Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories because I worry about our children's self-esteem. I meet the broken ones every day.

When I wrote Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories, I hoped that the children would see a child who looks like them in the book. I wanted them to see an author who looks like them on the cover of the book. I wanted children to see that books were not distant things locked away in libraries or expensive bookstores where strange people drink mocha lattes or order a grande cup of just nonfat milk foam and eat it with a spoon.

I also hoped that they would identify with the main character and, like Jimmy, use their intelligence, and not their fists, to solve problems.For it's no use lecturing to them about the heroes of my imagination (Bob Marley, Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite, Dennis Scott, and Tony McNeill ) when they get to college. By that time it may be too late. By that time we may have already lost too many"immature warriors."

I want these children to imagine possibilities that I have not dreamed about.


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FSJL said…
So, is yu a promote Anancyism mongst di yout dem!
Yes, I. It is InI

Rethabile said…
"...use their intelligence, and not their fists, to solve problems."

Yes, of course. The ultimate in intelligence and civilisation. Have a good weekend.
Yes, Rethabile, yes!

have a great weekend.

Leon said…
Good work G. Promoting Jamaican culture overseas. It would help if you did it out here as well, as our children are becoming Americanized.
Rent Party said…
Way cool.
Leon, my bags are packed and ready!
Give thanks, rent party.
Jeff Mattison said…
A great opportunity to share Jamaican culture and an appreciation of books. Thanks for sharing it!
Thanks, Jeff! I'll be doing some more readings during Black History Monhh.
Stephen Bess said…
I love how Anancy is so popular. This reminds me that I need to ask my goddaughter how she liked it. Peace~
Thanks, Stephen.

Doing the best I can with rebel music.


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