Black History Month is every month at our house, as is Asian American month, Hispanic Heritage month and etc. We believe in learning 365 dyas a year.
There were so many events to attend last month in our area. I made it a point to attend one event at a local community college, one in part because my husband came across this event and e-mailed it to me and I thought that was a very loving thing to do and two, my Dad was here visiting and I love sharing these educational events with him.
My Dad, 4yr old Joseph and I attended a lecture by Michael Twitty, (Please click the link and read his Bio)...He loves researching his slave ancestors and is a Hebrew School teacher!!!!
His presentation of the foods of enslaved Marylanders is the epitome of my book, Ethnic Scrapbooking. Connecting to African-American culture through stories, research and food!
His website is www.afrofoodways.com. All I can say is definitely visit his site and catch one of his presentations in person. He really inspired me to kick up our family history presentation another notch. We exchanged books and my Dad and I are fighting over his book...he won, it went back to PA with him.
Here are some photos from the event:
A bale of cotton that he personally picked.
A sample of food that enslaved Marylanders would have eaten...they are not plastic examples, those were fresh smelling herrings & pig something, along with an oyster shell that the children would have used to eat from the pig slop trough.
My new source of inspiration...GO Michael Twitty GO!
I've had a number of conversations with my kids this month regarding Black History Month. I'm trying to convey to them that it's not just only about celebrating the "heroes" of our past, but those that are still making history today. They asked my Dad if he met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and I commented that by them meeting Dominique Dawes, they've met someone who was a "First/Hero" in their field. To really bring it home, I told them about how there Dad was the first black volunteer fire fighter at the Takoma Park station, how there mom was the first black featured baton twirler in her high school...how my book is the first multi-cultural inspired scrapbooking idea book and how Leah's Gymnastic team is making "first history" in our county and state in the competitive gymnastic world.
My daughter Leah is mentioned in an article about the success of her Gymnastics team. Being a predominantly black team in competitive gymnastics...now that's being a part of Black History.
CLICK over to my book website and take a peek about my interview with a local newsreporter.
When I read the description of Tia Bennett’s MatyroshkaDoll class, I knew I would love it.It’s so Ethnic Scrapbooking…looking beyond your own culture and seeing how you can connect to it.The concept is based on the layers/nesting principle of the dolls, so I initially thought to include photographs of those within my nest (my kids).After I started on the project I decided to make it about the layers that make up me…Lisa Sanford.
Click over to the photo album and view up close all of my pages in this mini-album and read the symbolism behind the photographs I used, the embellishments I chose and my journaling.
I did divert from two items in the class kit.(1) Tia used a masking tape technique on one page that reminded me of a grade school project and I wasn’t too fond of its ultimate look, so I skipped that item.(2) Included was a page of text from an old book, my page seemed to be the index which included words that started with N.When I studied the words to see which one I might try to incorporate into the project, I found the offensive “N” word…being African- American, I laughed at how high the probability it was that I would get the kit containing that word…good thing I was on my second glass of wine when I made this discovery.Tia if you are reading this…my husband wants to know what book did you get this page from LOL.We had a very, verygood laugh.
For those who care, I completed this album in two sittings.First one being during the three hour class where I completed the doll on the cover…yes that is hand stitching, I cut and inked (my favorite technique) the inside pages and rubber stamped the images.The second sitting, I spent well over an hour trying to hunt down the photographs of myself on my unorganized computer files. I assembled all of the pages while singing to Mary J. Blige’s new album and sipping Yellow Tail Shiraz wine without any kids interrupting me while chatting with my husband (who was surfing the net) and talking local politics.
I thoroughly enjoyed this project and it has inspired a few more projects that I will share with you in the very near future.