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Climbing Lincoln's Steps: The African American Journey

Today, I'd like to spend some time on the book, Climbing Lincoln's Steps: The African American Journey by Suzanne Slade. This book touches on the history of African Americans from slavery to current day, an America where an African American man has served as President of the United States of America. If you don't have this book on hand to join in, there is a YouTube video here which shares a read aloud.

One of my biggest takeaways from this book was Marian Anderson. Marian eventually became a Goodwill Ambassador, sang at a Presidential Inauguration and during the March on Washington. There is a fascinating history around Marian, and I really think she deserves a larger spotlight than she gets.

If you would like to listen to the entire radio broadcast from 1939 when African American Opera singer Marian Anderson sang, "My Country 'Tis of Thee" from the Lincoln Memorial, visit this YouTube link from the United States National Archives:

Please check out this informative page about Marian Anderson from Kids Konnect:

Visit this article, "Denied a Stage, She Sang for a Nation" from NPR:

Here you can watch Marian sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and read up about her some more.

Here is a coloring page from Crayola which features Marian Anderson:

If you'd like to hear about the Lincoln Memorial in general, check out this video from Homeschool Pop:

This link from Teachers Pay Teachers brings you to informational text and reading comprehension worksheets:

Here are more worksheets, these are for the older middle school kiddos, on the Lincoln Memorial:

Here is a simple worksheets on the Lincoln Memorial:

Have you learned anything new about the Lincoln Memorial today? Did you enjoy the book or listening to Marian Anderson sing at the Lincoln Memorial? Let me know! Use the hashtag #LearningFunWithLaura so I'm sure to see your posts... and remember, genius draws no color lines!


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