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Celebrate Black History Month with New York Sea Grant's recommended reading lists


Mon, Jan 9th 2023 04:00 pm

An environmental justice comic book, biographies of notable Black scientists, freedom seekers curriculum

An environmental justice comic book. ... A book about the winner of the first NAACP Springarn Medal, pioneering cell biologist Ernest Everett Just. … A biography of mathematician Katherine Johnson and the NASA Apollo 11 mission. ... Stories of Harriet Tubman and freedom seekers along the Underground Railroad – all are among 2023 Black History Month reading suggestions from New York Sea Grant. These books are included in the "Enviro-Time Storytime: Recommended Environmental Reading Lists for Children Pre-K to 12" and "Freedom Seekers: The Underground Railroad, Great Lakes, and Science Literacy Activities" educational resources freely available from New York Sea Grant at https://www.nyseagrant.org/gleee.

The resource lists include books about Wangari Muta Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize; Isatou Ceesay, known as the "recycling woman of the Gambia"; as well as fictional tales of characters inspiring environmental revitalization with public gardens, tree planting and recycling in New York City and elsewhere.

"The ‘Enviro-Time Storytime’ title that expresses how this Sea Grant resource engages children in learning about environmental stewardship and science-based careers is ‘Science is Everywhere, Science is for Everyone.’ This book is written by marine microbiologist and climate justice advocate Dr. Jeanette Davis," New York Sea Grant Great Lakes Literacy Specialist Nate Drag said.

"Freedom Seekers: The Underground Railroad, Great Lakes, and Science Literacy Activities" curriculum provides middle and high school teachers, homeschoolers and parents with ways to connect youth to local history through environmental and ecology-based discovery activities.

A press release said, " ‘Freedom seekers’ often used their knowledge of nature to navigate the landscape as they escaped slavery. New York Sea Grant collaborated with schools, organizations and other Sea Grant programs in the Great Lakes region to produce this educational resource.”

New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, and one of 34 university-based programs under NOAA's National Sea Grant Program. Since 1971, New York Sea Grant has promoted coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the state's marine and Great Lakes resources. Learn more at http://www.nyseagrant.org and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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