ON THIS DAY: February 17, 2018

February 17th is

Cabbage Day

Café au Lait Day

My Way Day

Public Science Day

PTA Founders Day

World Pangolin Day

World Human Spirit Day *

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ON THIS DAY: February 16, 2018

February 16th is

Do a Grouch a Favor Day

Kyoto Protocol Day *

National Almond Day

National Innovation Day

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Word Cloud: CONVERSATION

by NONA BLYTH CLOUD

There is a strong tradition of women in America being involved in social justice movements. The Abolitionist, Women’s Rights and Civil Rights movements all have notable women in their histories. So it should be no surprise that the works of a number of outstanding African American women poets reflect the ongoing struggle for equality and the end of racism, often relating their own confrontations with discrimination.

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Nikki Giovanni (1943 – ) was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, but her family moved first to Cleveland, Ohio shortly after her birth, and then to Wyoming when she was five. She came back to Knoxville in 1958 to live with her grandparents while going to high school, and went on, after a rocky start, to graduate from Fiske University. Giovannni is a poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Her strong, militant poetry was forged during the Civil Rights and Black Power era.

BLK History Month

If Black History Month is not
viable then wind does not
carry the seeds and drop them
on fertile ground
rain does not
dampen the land
and encourage the seeds
to root
sun does not
warm the earth
and kiss the seedlings
and tell them plain:
You’re As Good As Anybody Else
You’ve Got A Place Here, Too


Nikki-Rosa

childhood remembrances are always a drag
if you’re Black
you always remember things like living in Woodlawn
with no inside toilet
and if you become famous or something
they never talk about how happy you were to have
your mother
all to yourself and
how good the water felt when you got your bath
from one of those
big tubs that folk in chicago barbecue in
and somehow when you talk about home
it never gets across how much you
understood their feelings
as the whole family attended meetings about Hollydale
and even though you remember
your biographers never understand
your father’s pain as he sells his stock
and another dream goes
And though you’re poor it isn’t poverty that
concerns you
and though they fought a lot
it isn’t your father’s drinking that makes any difference
but only that everybody is together and you
and your sister have happy birthdays and very good
Christmases
and I really hope no white person ever has cause
to write about me
because they never understand
Black love is Black wealth and they’ll
probably talk about my hard childhood
and never understand that
all the while I was quite happy


“BLK History Month” from Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea, © 2002 by Nikki Giovanni – HarperCollins Publishers

“Nikki-Rosa” from Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment, © 1968, 1970 by Nikki Giovanni – HarperCollins Publishers

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ON THIS DAY: February 15, 2018

February 15th is

International Angelman Day *

Gumdrop & Chewing Gum Day

Remember the Maine! Day *

Singles Awareness Day *

Susan B. Anthony Day *

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A Poem for Valentine’s Day

Sonnet for the 14th of February

by Thomas Hood

No popular respect will I omit 
To do thee honor on this happy day, 
When every loyal lover tasks his wit 
His simple truth in studious rhymes to pay, 
And to his mistress dear his hopes convey. 
Rather thou knowest I would still outrun 
All calendars with Love’s,—whose date alway 
Thy bright eyes govern better than the Sun,— 
For with thy favor was my life begun; 
And still I reckon on from smiles to smiles, 
And not by summers, for I thrive on none 
But those thy cheerful countenance complies: 
Oh! if it be to choose and call thee mine, 
Love, thou art every day my Valentine.

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ON THIS DAY: February 14, 2018

February 14th is

Valentine’s Day

National Donor Day *

California Oranges Day *

Ferris Wheel Day

Pet Theft Awareness Day *

Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

International Book Giving Day *

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ON THIS DAY: February 13, 2018

February 13th is

Fat Tuesday

Desperation Day *

Galentine’s Day *

Italian Food Day

Tortellini Day

World Radio Day *

International Condom Day *

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