Today marks the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington. Last year, one of my students greeted me with this wonderful illustration after we we read about it in class. This piece of work is one more reason that I love what I do, because young kids do understand this and are truly interested.
The book to the right is by one of my all time FAVORITE authors, Kadir Nelson. Taking a picture walk through his books is an inspirational journey! His ability to capture pieces of history is a gift and one that I love sharing with my students.
Yesterday, it was with great sadness that many of us from our staff attended a funeral of a fellow colleague and great man after his battle against cancer. I enjoyed teaching our intervention time with Cal on a daily basis as we worked with the benchmark students and did most of our project based studies through a history focus.
Cal grew up in New Orleans in the 1960s and would share stories and his perspective from the South on both desegregation and the Civil War. I loved handing a book over to him to read with the kids. He loved to answer and discuss the students' many questions.
As we were at his service yesterday, his son retold a Cajun story about Thibodeaux and Boudreax that Cal often told around the campfire. He asked us to forgive his inaccurate Cajun accent and assured us his dad was much better! I wish that I had heard Cal tell these and the many others that he was so famous for. Even more so, I wish that I had videoed Cal so that I could share them with my kids for years to come. The Cajun accent and vocabulary are quite challenging as I have tried it myself while reading "Petite Rouge".
The story below is a favorite Cajun story of mine, however, I much prefer to have the author of the book read it so the accents are accurate.
I would like to dedicate this post to a dear friend and wonderful man, Cal. We all miss you greatly!
Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I will remember.
Involve me and I learn.
- Benjamin Franklin