03 31 2015
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40 Years of Service
McMenamins
Children's book just right for Father's Day

With Father's Day looming on the horizon, I'm sure plenty of folks are starting to think about buying a meaningful gift for the man in their life. Well, any dad with a young son would undoubtedly appreciate this timeless classic, first published a decade ago, by Irene Smalls, the award-winning author of 15 children's books and 3 interactive storytelling CDs designed with African American youngsters in mind. . . .

America's slave past is being analyzed as never before, yet it remains one of the most contentious issues in U.S. memory. In recent years, the culture wars over the way that slavery is remembered and taught have reached a new crescendo. From the argument about the display of the Confederate flag over the state house in Columbia, South Carolina, to the dispute over Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his slave Sally Hemings and the ongoing debates about reparations, the questions grow ever more urgent and more difficult. . . .

"Linguicide is the linguistic equivalent of genocide. Genocide involves conscious acts of physical massacre; linguicide, conscious acts of language liquidation. This is precisely the fate of African languages in the diaspora… If history is replete with the death of languages, there have also been cases where languages have been resurrected from the dead. Israel, for instance, needed the resurrection of Hebrew to reconnect with the ancient memory…
The African continent's relationship to the world has thus far been that of donor to the West. Africa has given her human beings, her resources, and even her spiritual products… African languages are essential for the decolonization of African minds as well as for the African renaissance… All this calls for a very different attitude toward our languages on the part of African governments and the African intelligentsia."   -- from pages 17,65, 127 & 128.
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This informative how-to tome is the first, original e-book from Alpha/Penguin, the publisher of the popular "Complete Idiot's" line of guides. This means it is available only in digital format to be read electronically via computer or a Kindle. Like Wiley's "for Dummies" imprint, "Complete Idiot's" offerings are designed with beginners in mind, and break down each title's subject-matter into readily-digestible layman's terms. . . .

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