Nashida: Visits the Smith Robertson Museum (hardback book – live 06/05/2016). This is the first volume in the Moses Meredith Cultural Arts Book Series by Meredith Coleman McGee. This children’s book series is designed to expose school age children to cultural, artistic, and historical literature.
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After watching the movie Selma, seven year old, Nashida was shocked about race relations in America. Her parents vowed to teach Nashida about her culture every Saturday to help her understand America’s unruly past. Nashida shares history lessons and her museum experience with readers.
Within the museum walls Nashida is introduced to Richard Wright, Medgar Evers, James Meredith, Fannie Lou Hamer, Alyce Clarke, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Jim Crow, and much more.
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Hello beautiful girls, handsome boys, and all readers and learners.
My name is Nashida.
I live in Jackson, Mississippi.
I am in the second grade.
My name means “student.”
Grandma Nana named me.
Mom and dad said I will learn something new every day for the rest of my life…
This book is dedicated to Smith Robertson, a former slave from Fayette, Alabama, who migrated to Jackson, Mississippi after the Civil War, became a local barber, the city’s first Negro Alderman, and an advocate to educate his race; and to Pamela Junior, Director, Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center.
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I acknowledge my grandfather Moses Arthur Meredith (1891–1965), known affectionately as “Cap.” He and his wives Barbara Nash Meredith (1893-1929) and Roxie Patterson Meredith (1903-86) envisioned their offspring would strive socially and economically in America through academic, civic, and moral training.
Meredith Coleman McGee
Nashida Character Illustrated by Loretha Wallace
“Mom and dad said I will learn something new every day for the rest of my life,” Nashida said.
The above quote from Meredith Coleman McGee’s new children’s book, NASHIDA: VISITS THE SMITH ROBERTSON MUSEUM points out why books like this one are important; children need to learn something every day and have fun while they are doing it.
Congratulations to Meredith C. McGee for creatively weaving the story of Nashida’s visit to the Smith Robertson Museum. This book provides information which will inspire the young and the old alike to read, visit and touch history.
There is a huge lack of racial diversity in children’s books and media. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin reports that “Of 3,200 books published in 2013 only three percent were authored by black writers and eight percent were about black characters.
The book, NASHIDA: VISITS THE SMITH ROBERTSON MUSEUM fills a void created by the lack of information and guides about black historic people and places. We must nurture the dreams and aspirations of black youth by filling their books and experiences with information which reflect them and their culture.
Teaching children about the historical accomplishments and struggles of African Americans benefits everyone. By connecting children with history, they’ll gain a better understanding of themselves and, they will develop cultural pride and compassion for other people.
In NASHIDA: VISITS THE SMITH ROBERTSON MUSEUM Meredith C. McGee creates an environment which honors African American pioneers, landmarks, and events in Black history. This book will engage children with activities that capture their imaginations and fill them with pride.
By Mrs. Dorothy T. Stewart, Founder, Women for Progress of Mississippi, Inc.
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Advance Praise for Nashida
Meredith Coleman McGee has penned a book that needs to be required reading for all Mississippi’s 3rd graders, especially those in the Jackson Public Schools. The print is large, the images historically support the script, and the length is age appropriate. Nashida discussed the African American past in an interesting manner, one which will allow young readers to ask questions. Well done, Meredith.
J. Moffett Walker, Author, Retired Counselor, Educator; President & Co-founder of the Clinton Ink-Slingers
I truly enjoyed reading Nashida: Visits the Smith Robertson Museum,” an educational children’s book, by my cousin Meredith Coleman McGee. Students can learn many historical events that occurred mainly in the south between The Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights era. The Smith Robertson Museum is an important resource for families; this book is perfect for school libraries and classrooms.
Theatrice Meredith-Mott, Librarian/Teacher
Meredith Coleman McGee, a seminal thinker, showed that parents are teachers, and the profoundly important role they play in passing on knowledge to free born children about courageous African Americans. Equipped with the knowledge that African American role models were honest, courageous, pioneers, enhances children’s ability to be critical thinkers which is so important for a free people.
Dorothy Benford, Historian
I hope the Smith Robertson Museum is on the list of every family’s Black History Tour. Nashida: Visits the Smith Robertson Museum is a beautiful introduction to the museum with a very personal touch. After reading the book, I am already planning a trip to the Historic Farish Street area of Jackson, Mississippi to visit this museum that salutes so many giants of history within its walls. Meredith Coleman McGee has once again proven that she is a skilled leader in using the written word for the common good.
Alice Paris, Community Activist
Nashida: Visits the Smith Robertson Museum is one of the best historical and academic children books I have ever read. It is full with local knowledge of African Americans who made significant contributions to society. It provides evidence of the struggles of Black Mississippians and depicts what life was like during slavery and segregation. Illustrations and pictures guides readers understand of the written words. The book gives children the sense that they can overcome anything, no matter the situation, with knowledge and hard work. This book will make Black children feel relevant and proud of their heritage. Is a must read for children of all ages.
Brenda Hyde, Community Educator
Nashida: Visits the Smith Robertson Museum will inspire young readers to seek knowledge in their own backyards. What an excellent way to present African American history through the eyes of this second grader. Readers are taken through Nashida’s thought process as she internalizes everything she sees at the museum. This was an easy and enjoyable read for young and old readers. Our 6th grader read it to our kindergartner and they both enjoyed it!
Jackson City Councilman Tyrone Hendrix and Ercilla Dometz-Hendrix, Founders, South Jackson Proud Community Development Corporation
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Trine Robinson I had the pleasure of reading the book Nashida and it was a very interesting read. I enjoyed and I think that it will be valuable in helping children of all ages learn about their heritage.