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10 Books in 10 Days - Day 4

Updated: Feb 5, 2022

As we head into February, Black History Month & Aspenne's birth month - we decided it would be a great time to feature some of the great titles we're reading!

On Day 4, we're reading:

Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Book Summary:

Hey black child,

Do you know who you are?

Who really are?Do you know you can be

What you want to be

If you try to be

What you can be?

This lyrical, empowering poem celebrates black children and seeks to inspire all young people to dream big and achieve their goals.

As a young kid, I (Patricia) heard my cousin Mel recite this classic poem by Useni Eugene Perkins with such fierceness. Year after year, we were charged with entering a poetry contest, sticking the lyrics to our memory and giving full effort when reciting. So every time I read this book to Aspenne, I read it in my cousins voice, with all the passion that Mel exuded when we were kids. I strongly end the reading with:

Be Who You Can Be

Learn What You Must Learn

Do What You Can Do

And Tomorrow Your Nation Will Be What You Want It to Be!

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