Saturday, June 09, 2007
Middle Passage Day
Today is Middle Passage Day. I learned about it through this article. The observance — which honors the millions of Africans who died crossing the Atlantic Ocean during the slave trade — has been going on for the past 18 years. New to me, but I'm all for honoring my ancestors.
Reading the article, I thought about the book by Tom Feelings, The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo. This is the ultimate picture book — 80 pages, no words. I love this book. I don't think any other picture book matches the emotion that Feelings captured. With heart-stopping, pen-and-ink and tempra paintings, Feelings chronicles the journey of Africans, captured and brought to America to be enslaved.
It's a great children's book, but definitely not a book for children only. I have two copies (paid $50.00 each, now $75.00). I bought a second one when I thought I'd lost the first. I was afraid the book would go out of print and I wouldn't be able to get another.
In other news: I haven't had time to read. I can't write when I can't read.