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Claiming the Center: Online community, activism and advocacy - Amy Bodden Bowllan, Edith Campbell, Doret Canton (Princeton, NJ, Thursday, July 15, 2010)

National Diversity in Libraries Conference
by Amy Bowllan on 12 July 2010

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Transcript of Claiming the Center: Online community, activism and advocacy - Amy Bodden Bowllan, Edith Campbell, Doret Canton (Princeton, NJ, Thursday, July 15, 2010)

Claiming the center: Online community, activism and advocacy - Amy Bodden Bowllan, Edith Campbell, Doret Canton “Maybe a biracial kid like me can read one of my books and feel like an insider.”
-Matt de la Peña "I would think teachers would want to make use of stories having to do with black culture, specific tribes of The People, Spanish Culture — not as supplements to the body of offerings in American literature, but as tributaries feeding into and increasing and strengthening the body."
(Virginia Hamilton, Nonwhite Literature As American Literature:
A Proposal for Cultural Democracy) "Literature gives us access to the inside lives of people we might otherwise dismiss or assume that we know; books counter the use of stereotypes as a kind of shortcut to truly knowing someone who’s different than us. " -Zetta Elliott We asked members of the kidlit community (educators, editors, authors, bloggers, librarians) to answer these three questions:

Briefly describe the impact racism had on you as a young person.
Has your personal experience of racism impacted your professional work as a writer/educator?
In what way can literature be used to combat the effects of racism and promote tolerance?

Dear Attorney General Holder,



I want to start a WAR: WRITERS AGAINST RACISM!



When you spoke at the Department of Justice in February in honor of Black History Month, you said that Americans simply do not talk enough with each other about things racial. I agree.
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