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Shoogy told me when I first met her that she used to cut herself so it would block out pain.

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I almost cried when she said that. And I wondered what could have hurt her heart so much. We both like the same music and think the same things are funny.

We are here. We are proud. And most of us no longer feel the need to prove anything to White folks. Monster is an award winning novel narrated by sixteen year old Steve Harmon who is now locked up waiting trial for felony murder. Myers has written the novel as an evolving screenplay. I guess making you live is part of the punishment. Myers has updated the Black Aesthetic that now reach a culture of youth that have been exposed to the criminal element in entertainment.

Through the youthful scared eyes of the protagonist, a detention center and a court trial visualize and the reader now sees what Harmon sees. The voice of the Black child still rings out through the pens of Black writers and through the imagery of Black artists. The voice changes as time progresses.

As Dianne Johnson explains, This heritage and its implications cannot always be understood fully by White authors. The artist must be able to paint by pencil and pen a vision of a culture that has spirituality and can erase what artists have distorted for centuries. Black writers and illustrators take control of their creation by producing not just an artistic aesthetic but also creating moving portraits of various Black lifestyles. These writers are aware that critics might not favor their writing.

Few of their books will ever win awards, but that is not the prestige they prefer. Their prize comes when a Black child sees him or herself in their creations. Within Black children's literature there is history, politics, and theory and there is creativity, beauty and a variety of cultural identities that break the stereotypes of the Black image for children to learn from, as well as adults. Works Cited Bergman, Peter M. The Chronological History of the Negro in America. New York: Harper and Row, Bishop, Rudine Sims. Urbana: National Council for Teachers of English, Bradley, Darcey H.

Bryan, Ashley. The Dancing Granny. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks September , Clarke, John Henrik. New York: Mentor Book, , De Veaux, Alexis. Emanuel, James A. Feelings, Tom. Something on my Mind; words by Nikki Grimes. Gayle, Jr. Graham, Lorenz B.

South Town. Chicago, Follett Pub. Graham, Lorenz. Cape Town: Maskew Miller Longmen, Greenfield, Eloise. New York: HarperCollins, New York: Crowell, Horning, Kathleen T. Hughes, Langston. The First Book of Jazz. Hopewell: The Ecco Press, Hurston, Zora Neale.

New York: Oxford University Press, Jackson, Jesse. Call Me Charley. Johnson, Angela. Johnson, Diane. Johnson-Feelings, Diane, Ed. Joans, Ted. Lester, Julius. New York: Scholastic, , Locke, Alain. New York: Albert and Charles Boni, Mayfield, Julian.

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DeShawn Days, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Mendez, Phil. The Black Snowman, illustrated by Carole Byard. New York: Scholastic, Inc, Myers, Walter Dean. Harlem illustrated by Christopher Myers. New York: Scholastic, Monster illustrated by Christopher Myers. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Morrison, Toni.

Playing in the Dark; Whiteness and the Literary Imagination. New York: Vintage Books, Neal, Larry.

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Yarbrough, Camille. Cornrows, illustrated by Carole Byard. Related Papers. By Nancy Tolson. By Audrey Thompson. Children's Literature: Standing in the Shadow of Adults. Cassie lays down and dreams that she is soaring above New York City — finding beauty in the views of the George Washington Bridge which her father helped build while also noting the signs of social injustice in the crowded city below. He was taunted and terrorized by baseball fans, opposing players, and even his own teammates on the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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