As far as I know, this is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to the history of Filipino Americans. Did you know, for example, that Filipino American workers started the grape strike that the United Farm Workers took up and eventually won? Learn more about the museum here.
It’s great to have children’s books about contemporary social movements. Often we teach social movements as if they were things that happened in the past, which disconnects us from how we might participate in collective action here and now. You can learn more about the book as well as other books that address working class stories here at Hard Ball Press.
I recently learned about this new museum in Matewan, which takes a people’s history approach to the labor struggles there. There are so few museums in the U.S. that cover the history of U.S. labor organizing, so this museum fills an important gap. Here’s a link to a film about the museum:
There’s a classic essay by Herbert Kohl entitled “The Politics of Children’s Literature: What’s Wrong with the Rosa Parks Myth” that summarizes how most children’s stories about Rosa Parks make it seem as if her act of civil disobedience was spontaneous and unconnected to wider civic rights activism. However, Rosa Parks was a radical activist her whole life. A recent article in the Washington Post discusses what the recently opened Rosa Park Collection tells us about Rosa Parks and her long history of activism for social justice. Learn more about how she was a rebel from an early age by reading the article in its entirety.
This led me to wonder whether there are any historical sites to visit if you want to learn more about Malcolm X. Sadly, I learned that the one National Park site is really just a plaque at the location where he was born, because the house he was born into was demolished. There is a move to preserve his childhood home in Boston MA, where he lived with his sister and it’s not too late to join and raise awareness for the fundraising campaign for the Malcolm X–Ella Little-Collins House sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
You can learn more about the author, Duncan Tonatiuh, at his website.