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Dessau MS Library Newsletter | February 2023

Welcome to the Mountaintop!

Happy Black History Month Everyone! This newsletter is dedicated to the knowledge, excellence and legacy of Black people. During these times when our contributions are being censored and erased yet again, please know that the lessons, books, awesome interview and videos included below are carefully curated to disperse the intellect, integrity and insight regarding the continued plight of Black people for equality. Whether you identify as Black, African or Afro-Latino, know that in the library, you're welcome, revered and safe. We will all get to the mountaintop together with love, accountability and community. Be love. 💜
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Mansa Musa (Musa I of Mali) was the ruler of the kingdom of Mali from 1312 C.E. to 1337 C.E. During his reign, Mali was one of the richest kingdoms of Africa, and Mansa Musa was among the richest individuals in the world.

The ancient kingdom of Mali spread across parts of modern-day Mali, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso. Mansa Musa developed cities like Timbuktu and Gao into important cultural centers. He also brought architects from the Middle East and across Africa to design new buildings for his cities.

When Mansa Musa went on a pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca in 1324 C.E., his journey through Egypt caused quite a stir. The kingdom of Mali was relatively unknown outside of West Africa until this event. Arab writers from the time said that he travelled with an entourage of tens of thousands of people and dozens of camels, each carrying 136 kilograms (300 pounds) of gold. While in Cairo, Mansa Musa met with the Sultan of Egypt, and his caravan spent and gave away so much gold that the overall value of gold decreased in Egypt for the next 12 years. Click here to continue learning about KING MANSA MUSA OF MALI.

QUESTION: Who Were Black People BEFORE Enslavement?

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The Ancient Libraries of Timbuktu...

Timbuktu, also known as Tombouctou, is an ancient city located in present-day Mali, West Africa. It has a rich history dating back to the 5th century AD and it was a major center of trade, scholarship, and Islamic learning during the medieval period.

Timbuktu was founded as a small trading post by the Tuareg people and was later controlled by various empires such as the Ghana Empire, the Mali Empire, and the Songhai Empire. It served as an important center of trade between West Africa and the Mediterranean, with goods such as gold, salt, and textiles being traded through the city.

In the 13th century (1200s), Timbuktu became an important center of Islamic scholarship and learning. Many scholars and students from across the Islamic world came to the city to study at its famous universities and madrasas. Timbuktu was home to many libraries, the most famous being the Sankore Madrasah which housed thousands of manuscripts on a wide range of subjects such as law, literature, history, and science.

Timbuktu was also a center of architecture, with many notable buildings and structures being built during this time, including the Djinguereber Mosque, the Sankore Mosque and the Sidi Yahya Mosque, which is considered one of the most beautiful in West Africa.

The city's golden age came to an end in the late 16th century with the arrival of the Moroccans and the decline of the trans-Saharan trade and Timbuktu lost its economic importance. Today, Timbuktu remains an important historical and cultural site, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

That was Black History THEN, but what's happening NOW in 2023??

Because so much of the Black narrative has been illegal, censored, oppressed and otherwise targeted, it's up to individual Black Americans to educate themselves on their history, especially now that it's outlawed in some states to even mention that our Ancestors endured the destruction of their family & the horrific violence of enslavement in 2023. But rather than incur further wrath for our successes despite that ugliness, this newsletter's goal is to embrace the humanity of Black Americans. One of the easier places that we can start to uplift the excellence and ethical influence of Black people is in the school communities. Let's come together to make sure, if not for a lifetime, then especially this month THAT ALL BLACK AMERICANS are revered in their place of work, worship, education and community.
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Jean Darnell

Calib_Quaran_Teen Interview.m4a by Jean Darnell
"Calib and Quaran-Teen" Children's Book Promo Video
How to Create a StoryJumper Book

Word of the Month: Revere | 1st student w/5 uses of revere CORRECTLY in complete sentences WINS a comic book & poster!

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Dr. Bernice A. King speaks on embracing the beloved community in her father's name.

“We love to quote King in and around the holiday. ... But then we refuse to live King 365 days of the year,” the Rev. Bernice King declared at a commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where her father once preached.
Dr. Bernice King on how to keep her father's dream alive | 11Alive Uninterrupted
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Central Texas Teens & Kids Comic-con

Saturday, Feb. 18th, 9pm

201 Deep Wood Drive

Round Rock, TX

When: February 18th, 10:00a-3:30p

Where: Round Rock High School 201 Deep Wood Drive Round Rock, TX 78681

How Much: FREE, click link to get tickets

ANSWER: Everything that we are NOW we were THEN.

Dessau MS Library

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