If you attended the Hidden Figures movie with Ms. Gillis on February 16, 2017, take a minute to Blog about it! You can discuss something you learned, something that affected you, or just how much you enjoyed the movie! Remember EVERY TIME you blog on the "MEDIA CENTER" website I enter your name for a chance to win a prize!
March highlights women, and there is no better time to set aside time to talk about gender equity, women’s rights, and Civil Rights than this month. Take a moment to read about The Makers which highlight amazing women from the past and present. Blog about something interesting that you learned. Every entry will get you a chance to win a prize.
"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship."
"Banned Books Week 2016: Sept. 25 - Oct. 1." (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 4 Oct. 2016.
DID YOU KNOW...
AN ACT TO PREVENT ALL PERSONS FROM TEACHING SLAVES TO READ OR WRITE, THE USE OF FIGURES EXCEPTED
Whereas the teaching of slaves to read and write, has a tendency to excite dis-satisfaction in their minds, and to produce insurrection and rebellion, to the manifest injury of the citizens of this State:
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That any free person, who shall hereafter teach, or attempt to teach, any slave within the State to read or write, the use of figures excepted, or shall give or sell to such slave or slaves any books or pamphlets, shall be liable to indictment in any court of record in this State having jurisdiction thereof, and upon conviction, shall, at the discretion of the court, if a white man or woman, be fined not less than one hundred dollars, nor more than two hundred dollars, or imprisoned; and if a free person of color, shall be fined, imprisoned, or whipped, at the discretion of the court, not exceeding thirty nine lashes, nor less than twenty lashes.
II. Be it further enacted, That if any slave shall hereafter teach, or attempt to teach, any other slave to read or write, the use of figures excepted, he or she may be carried before any justice of the peace, and on conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to receive thirty nine lashes on his or her bare back.
III. Be it further enacted, That the judges of the Superior Courts and the justices of the County Courts shall give this act in charge to the grand juries of their respective counties.
Source: "Act Passed by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina at the Session of 1830—1831" (Raleigh: 1831).
BANNED BOOKS CONTEST
There are two contests going on during banned books week.
1. Monday, The first student who emails Ms. Gillis (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 5 reasons that books are banned will win a Bojangles gift card.
2. Students will respond to this blog by writing a paragraph explaining how the 1831 ACT passed by NC is similar to the reasoning behind Banning Books.