Hello Everyone,

February is Black History Month and this is a time that we at Sweet Blackberry truly cheris.  Please join us as we help educate the American people about African-American heritage and celebrate reputable achievement.  As many of you know, this is what our organization is all about.

To give a little insight on how this month of celebration came to be, in 1926, Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History, launched Negro History Week, chosen in the second week of February between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  It would later evolve into Black History Month in 1976.  Although at Sweet Blackberry we celebrate Black History every day of the year, during the month of February we are really aiming to help educate, inspire and get the word out.

Please check out all we have to share throughout the month as we will have numerous enlightening blog poststweets and Facebook updates to share with all of you.

Along with that, we have put together a list of different activities and events taking place in all different areas of the country where you can remember, learn, celebrate and share. Check that out here.

If you have children and are looking for true and inspiring stories to share with them, check out Sweet Blackberry’s “Garrett’s Gift” narrated by Queen Latifah, or “The Journey of Henry Box Brown” narrated by Alfre Woodard. We also encourage you to check out our past blogs highlighting some truly amazing, trail-blazing, historical figures including, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Zora Neale Hurston, and Sojourner Truth.

All in all, we hope to encourage all of you to take the time to learn, share and celebrate Black History not only this month, but every month.

-Sweet Blackberry

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Black History Month

Take time to explore local events and discover something you never knew or revisit a story you may have forgotten.

Local public library sites and local newspapers are wonderful sources of information about events during Black History Month.

A few that caught my eye…..

At the Atlanta History Museum on February 19th, learn “How to Honor your African American Ancestors by Tracing, Documenting, Publishing, and Donating Your Family History” with Johnette Brooks of HOLLA at ya ANCESTORS.

Throughout the month of February, the Chicago Park District celebrates Black History Month by hosting several events celebrating African style food, music culture and tradition such as a free photo exhibit documenting the events at Fuller Park. Or stop by and listen to storyteller Velma Gladney spin fun tales of African American adventures at Bucktown-Wicker Park Library on February 7th.

If you’re in New York and looking specifically for a youth oriented event, The Schomburg Center Public Education Program will be presenting its 2nd annual Black History Month Film Series. These are contemporary and historic films about the African-American and global black experience.

In Los Angeles on February 26th at the AC Bilbrew Library, Francella Henderson will share her book, “Hidden Secrets About Black History: Volume I”.  It chronicles the many achievements of “great Black men and women who have helped shape the United States since the days of slavery”.

Throughout the entire month of February at MoAD, the Museum of the African Diaspora, in San Francisco, you’ll find a variety of events and exhibits to satisfy your interests whether you are a jazz aficionado, looking for family oriented experience or just want to explore the historical events of the Civil Rights Movement.

Whether you take this time to attend a public event or plan a private one, remember, learn,celebrate and share.

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Happy Holidays from Sweet Blackberry

Happy Holidays from Sweet Blackberry

 

Hello Everyone and Happy Holidays!

We at Sweet Blackberry just want to thank all of you that have supported us through the years, as well as those of you who have joined us over the course of this year.  We would like to wish all of you a successful and prosperous New Year!

Sweet Blackberry is planning lots of exciting things for 2011 so be sure and stay tuned for all of that. 2011 is going be a big year for us and we want to include all of you! We also want to give special thanks to those of you that made holiday purchases from http://sweetblackberry.org/shop/.

In the spirit of the holidays, Sweet Blackberry did a Twitter holiday giveaway contest via our Twitter page @SwtBlackberry.  We had 5 awesome winners! Two of our winners won a Skype date with Sweet Blackberry founder Karyn Parsons and three of our winners received Sweet Blackberry prize packages.  Here is a picture that was sent to us by one of our winners after receiving their prize.

If you missed this contest, do not worry, we will have plenty more to come starting right at the beginning of the new year, so be sure and follow Sweet Blackberry at www.twitter.com/SwtBlackberry.  You can also get Sweet Blackberry updates from our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SweetBlackberryOrg.  And of course check out our blog, shop, and learn more about our company at www.SweetBlackberry.org.

Cheers!

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Sojourner Truth

Last Thursday, November 18, marked the birthday of Sojourner Truth.  She was born in the year 1767.  She was an abolitionist and women’s rights activist, whom herself, had been born into slavery.  During her life, she would fall in love with a slave from a neighboring farm, but be forbidden to wed him. Instead, she would be forced to marry, and have children with, a much older man, also a slave.

Although promised by her owner, John Dumont, that her freedom would come well before the New York Emancipation Act in 1827, Sojourner would have to escape slavery when Dumont reneged on his promise. In 1826, Sojourner would escape with her infant daughter, Sophia.

It was in 1851, that she attended the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, where she delivered her famous speech, later known as “Ain’t I A Woman?”.  Please watch this speech, performed by the narrator of Sweet Blackberry’s, “The Journey of Henry ‘Box’ Brown”, by the incredible Alfre Woodard.

“Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth” is a wonderful book for children about this remarkable woman. It’s illustrated by Sweet Blackberry’s, “Garrett’s Gift” illustrator R. Gregory Christie.

I learned firsthand how difficult it can be to write a story for small children about slavery when writing “The Journey of Henry ‘Box’ Brown.” Most parents shy away from the subject for obvious reasons. But while it is a horrific chapter in our history, and a child’s young  mind is delicate, these stories of individuals meeting challenges with unflinching determination and perseverance, illustrate for our children that they needn’t ever feel powerless to affect change in their lives.

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Hello World!!

Welcome to Sweet Blackberry!

We would like to extend an especially warm welcome to those of you newly expressing interest in Sweet Blackberry and our mission!  For those of you that have been along for the ride, we would also like to give you all a big thank you.  We are very excited to tell all of you about the many new things Sweet Blackberry has in store!

For those of you seeking insight on exactly what Sweet Blackberry is, we are a non-profit organization dedicated to using the power of media to teach, by bringing to life little known stories of African American achievement that inspire and empower all young children.

It is our mission at Sweet Blackberry to share, through DVDs, books, and other media, triumphant stories of individuals surmounting the odds and making invaluable contributions to our society.  These stories help illustrate for our children the concept that tremendous obstacles are actually opportunities for greatness.  By harnessing the power of media to teach, the Sweet Blackberry foundation offers parents and educators an opportunity to plant seeds that inspire the soul.

We hope that with this blog we are able to spark dialogue concerning our most valuable resource, our children.  We want you, our global community at large to see this as an opportunity not to just learn but also to teach and to discuss.  Action is not taken without some source of prompting someone somewhere to make a difference.  Power is not measured by the choice of one individual but that individual’s influence to mobilize others as a collective.  Sweet Blackberry’s stories are about motivating, inspiring the community at large.  We hope to foster change in every community.  We encourage you to join us and contribute with comments, suggestions, and discussion.

As I said earlier, we became a non-profit organization last year!

So now any donation or purchase you make through Sweet Blackberry will be a tax deduction.

We’re also currently working on partnerships with other organizations who share the same philosophies that we do about children and community.

We have a whole new website www.sweetblackberry.org and you can now find us on Facebook and can follow us on Twitter.

www.twitter.com/swtblackberry

www.facebook.com/SweetBlackberryOrg

Please take a look around the website. Check out our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter. I think it’s going to be great to have even more of a direct communication with you. I seriously welcome your thoughts, opinions, ideas, questions and suggestions, and there’s a lot of great stuff coming up in the next coming months, so please stay tuned.

Thanks for your continued support!

Karyn Parsons

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