Services for Black Youth • Enabling Texts
Activity: Build Your Culturally Responsive Library Collection

Context:

According to Alfred Tatum, African American adolescent males need texts that "encourage and empower these young people to take action in their own lives and in the lives of others around them." The importance of these "enabling texts" applies to males and female Black youth across age groups, and the texts should be introduced in elementary school (and beyond). These texts, which may include print or non-print resources, "recognize, honor, and nurture multiple identities—for example, academic, cultural, religious, gendered, and national."

Instructions:

Review "Tips for Building a Culturally Responsive Library Collection," provided in Learning Support. Reflect on three aspects of this list:

1. Identify steps that you can take "today" toward building a more culturally responsive collection.

2. Set one (or more) goal(s) to pursue over the course of a school year or summer.

3. Select one step for which a partner or team can support your work, and reach out to them. This team may include students!

Materials:

"Tips for Building a Culturally Responsive Library Collection," provided in Learning Support

MLA Citation Morris, Rebecca J. "Services for Black Youth: Build Your Culturally Responsive Library Collection." School Library Connection, May 2017, schoollibraryconnection.com/Home/Display/2071175?learningModuleId=2071169&childId=2128528&tab=1&topicCenterId=1955261.

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