Children's View of Movements Through the Lens of Food
Two years ago I attended the St. David's writers workshop in Pennsylvania. I spent the week strategizing on how I would write my first children's book, a book that would focus on the experience of children who interacted and received from the Black Panther party and the Young Lords during the late 1960s and early 1970s through the lens of food. During the writing children's books workshop I attended during the conference, I formulated outline and strategy to complete the project. As is my practice, I'm going to use this blog to unpack answers to questions I want answered in the book. Questions such as: Why write such a book? What do you want the children to get from the book? What did the children find beautiful about the panthers in the Young Lords as gleaned from newspaper accounts and images? What is the history of the panthers in the Young Lords? What were their goals? What were their food related demands and goals? Who collaborated with their food programs? How did they source and supply the food? And finally, what are the takeaways from the panthers and Young Lords in the larger question, what role does food play in social movements?