January 2013 Issue
December 20, 2012


Source: NYSUT United
NYSUT Black History Month poster highlights the life and career of singer Marian Anderson.

NYSUT Black History Month poster
highlights the life and career of
singer Marian Anderson.

Marian Anderson 1897-1993

NYSUT celebrates Black History Month in February with a poster highlighting the life and career of singer Marian Anderson.

Anderson earned much acclaim and honors early in her career in Europe and Scandinavia during the late 1920s and '30s, but was routinely subjected to racism when she returned to the United States. The most infamous incident occurred in 1939 when the singer was not allowed to perform in Washington, D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall, which allowed concerts "by white artists only." The public was outraged, famous musicians protested, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), who owned the hall.

Roosevelt and the NAACP encouraged Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes to arrange a free open-air concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for Easter Sunday. On April 9, Anderson sang before 75,000 people and millions of radio listeners. Several weeks later, she gave a private concert at the White House, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt was entertaining King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Britain.

The poster is free. You can download printable posters at www.nysut.org or order from NYSUT via email at orders@nysutmail.org. Reference Project No. 514B/13; include your name and mailing address.

History's mysteries

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans offers a free Science and Technology of WWII poster to classroom teachers. Visit www.ww2sci-tech.org/poster/poster.php to download the poster or request your free print version. The general site, www.nationalww2museum.org, also offers bookmarks available to download.

So fresh and so clean

Tired of grey whiteboards? EverWhite is offering educators a free sample of its dry erase surface. Visit www.everwhiteboards.com/freesample/.

Brushing with Buddy

The Milk Matters campaign — www.nichd.nih.gov/milk/ — offers a number of free publications and materials about the importance of calcium for children and teens. The materials include a 14-page coloring book featuring Buddy Brush. Hard copies will be available only through April 2013. To order, visit http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs_details.cfm?from=milk&pubs_id=5639.

Seal it, stamp it, send it

Calling all philatelists. Mystic Stamp Company is offering a free U.S. stamp catalog featuring 140 pages of color photographs, valuable collecting tips, fascinating history and much more. Visit www.mysticstamp.com.

Book, books and more books

CK-12 Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to high quality educational materials for K-12 students all over the world, offers free high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects.

The website includes digital textbooks, concept-based learning, SAT prep, and an interactive Algebra curriculum. All products can be customized to match the needs of the student, educator, or school. For more info, visit www.ck12.org/teacher.

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