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Diversity Doodle Wins Big at Google

by onelove
Diversity Doodle Wins Big at Google
Doodle 4 Google Diversity Winner 2017

If you want to know what Google thinks of diversity, look at the winning drawing of the Doodle 4 Google 2017 competition. The winning drawing by Sarah Harrison, a 10th grader at Bunnell High School in Connecticut, featured on Google’s website March 31, 2017 shows a group of teens wear sweatshirts that identified their diverse  ethnic, religious  and social backgrounds.

Symbols depicted in the drawing on the teen’s attire include Star of David, Islam Star and Crescent moon, Christian cross. LGBT rainbow, and a young man in a wheelchair.

“I wanted to draw something that I hoped would show that we can all get along well, and that it’s possible for us to be happy with each other,” the 15-year-old told Google.

The annual Doodle 4 Google competition asks contestants to think about what they want to see in the future. The contest also aims to increase STEM education. Harrison won a $30,000 award along with a visit to the Google complex in Palo Alto. Her school will also receive Google Chrome Books and money from Google.

In a statement, Harrison wrote about the wing: “When I started, I was thinking of how there’s a lot of animosity toward diverse communities of people in the world right now. So I wanted to draw something that I hoped would show that we can all get along well, and that it’s possible for us to be happy with each other.”

Dobet Gnahore Entertaining Performance in Chicago

by onelove
Dobet Gnahore Entertaining Performance in Chicago

World music entertainer and vocalist Dobet Gnahore from Cote de Voire (Ivory Coast) performed in Chicago at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

Dobet Gnahore Band

She sang songs  in French and tribal about Africa, traditions she learned from her  ancestors. The songs ranged from melodic tunes that highlighted her vocal talents to upbeat dance songs that she danced to in high heels.

Watch her preformance of “Cote de Voire” a song about her homeland the Ivory Coast.

Gnahore’s band included a lead guitarist, bass guitar and drummer. The audience clapped along and repeated their call and response sounds.

Born in the Ivory Coast in 1982, Ghnahore has performed worldwide. She performed in Chicago during a three week US Tour. Local NPR station WBEZ and the Old Town School of Folk music presented Dobet Ghnahore concert in Chicago.

Get Caught Up on Black History in a Podcast

by onelove
Get Caught Up on Black History in a Podcast
Black History Love

All of February celebrates Black History Month in honor of the contributions, Black Americans and Black people in the diaspora have contributed to American life. In September 2016, the new National Museum of African American History opened on the grounds of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.  The museum holds objects, photographs, and artifacts that showcase African Americans in history.

Black History Lessons

In a series of podcasts called “Historically Black”, to celebrate the museum’s opening, The Washington Post, interviewed and asked African Americans to share some of their personal objects that connect them to Black History.  Alot of history is shared and discussed in the series.

In one podcast titled, “Black Love Stories” discusses the history of marriage in the black culture from slavery to today.  A participant in the podcast shared and a photograph of her parents who had been married more than 50 years. Historically, enslaved black people were not allowed to marry and when they did the made commitment with rituals like ‘jumping the broom’ to embrace their African roots.

In another podcast, called “The Path of Founding an HBCU”, tells the story of Alabama’s ‘greatest secret’,  William Hooper Councill who founded  Alabama A&M, a historically black college that was founded in 1875 only ten years after slavery was abolished.

National Museum of African American History

A visit to the museum is a must for all who want to learn more about the history and celebrate black culture. Since its opening, the museum boasts more than 750,000 visitors so far. Obtaining tickets to the museum will require some planning as there are scheduled times when tickets become available for groups and individuals. Visit the website here.

Besides online and museum, Black history can be celebrated every day by learning more about black people and their culture through conversations and connections.  Join us for upcoming Unieros events where you can connect with people across ethnicity and race.