Ms. Anika Nailah will be coming to Four Winds on Friday, January 10th to lead an all-day workshop on writing, slavery, and racism. The goal of the workshop is to raise the awareness level of the students about issues of race, racism, and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, offer tools to help students express their feelings and thoughts regarding slavery, provide historical context about racism in the US, and help students apply the learned content to their own lives using: Simulation/Role play, Journaling, Creative writing, Active listening, Math, Movement, Music and Small and large group discussion. Learn more about Anika below:
Anika Nailah is the founder and former director of Books of Hope, a Boston-based, youth literacy program that engages young people to write, publish, and sell their own books. She is a Black Writers Alliance Gold Pen Award Nominee, and her book, Free and Other Stories, was chosen as one of the best short story collections of 2002 by Black Issues Book Review and was selected for inclusion in The New York Public Library’s 2003 Books For The Teen Age List.
Another short story, Draggin the Dog, that was included in Gumbo: a Celebration of African American Writing, has been produced and broadcasted by BBC Radio 4 in its Americana series. Her poetry and fiction have also been published in Wild Words, Flare, Reunion, and Cicada. She has taught fiction and creative nonfiction at Wheaton College. She is currently writing an historical novel loosely based on her Pocasset Wampanoag and African American lineage, experimenting with science fiction, working on an illustrated book project about racism, and providing social justice and writing consulting. (Bio taken from anikanailah.com/about)