Unite for Literacy provides free access to more than 185 books available in approximately 35 language narrations. The ebooks, which are organized by topic, are mostly nonfiction with an emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art/design, and mathematics). They include high-interest themes, such as animals and plants, and migrants and family. Students can navigate through the many texts using the buttons located at the top of the home screen. The organizational system helps students narrow the field, finding books that are appealing to them. The books written for early and emergent readers are available at a variety of difficulty levels. The bulleted lists at the end of the ebooks are one type of extension of the text, but many other extensions are embedded in the texts in the form of games and other activities.
Few American artists loom larger than Langston Hughes. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, films, librettos, children’s verse, newspaper columns, translations, and memoirs, and edited several important anthologies. But most of all, he remained a poet. From “Dreams” to “Let America Be America Again,” he explored social conscience and class difference with lyric beauty and music.
Pithy and powerful, poetry is a popular art form at protests and rallies—from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. The poems of protest, resistance, and empowerment on the Poetry Foundation’s website call out and talk back to the inhumane forces that threaten from above.
As part of its work to change the narrative about race in America, the Equal Justice Institute (EJI) extensively researched the period between the Civil War and World War II, when more than 4,000 African Americans were lynched in this country. EJI published its findings in the report Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. With support from Google, EJI has created Lynching in America, a freedigital interactive experience inspired by the original report.