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Civil Rights Activist Teams Up with Missouri City Mayor to Offer Culturally Sensitive Literature
Campbell, founder and executive director of the Honey Brown Hope Foundation, purchased the first 100 revised editions of Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn that eliminated the racial slurs "ni**er" and "injun."
In hopes of providing an option to students who no longer wish to be subjected to culturally insensitive required reading, the Foundation is working with educational institutions and libraries to have the revised edition as an option for students and educators.
The Missouri City Mayor's Office with the support of City Councilman Floyd Emery joined the campaign in Fort Bend County by purchasing two books that will be submitted to the Missouri City Library's donation review board during a special presentation.
A special resolution was presented Monday night, Aug. 5 at the Missouri City Council meeting commemorating the donation and the Honey Brown Hope Foundation's tireless efforts from the schoolhouse to the courthouse to ensure all children are provided a culturally sensitive learning environment.
Missouri City is nearly 42 percent African American and Fort Bend County is almost a quarter. Diversity is the city's and county's strongest civil asset and its future, the youth, deserve a learning environment that:
•protects, respects and values all of its students' cultural identities;
•promotes healthy self-worth among black students, and mutual respect among all students, educators and parents;
•deters racial violence and hate; and
•liberates minds, young and old, from racial slurs.
“Part of the initiative also is to silence censorship arguments about the book's revised edition. Blacks were forced into slavery - that is a reality that cannot be denied. However, "n-r" is not in any person's DNA. That's why this revised edition has not been censored. It has been put in historical context,” said Campbell.
For more information or to set up an interview about culturally sensitive reading options in the educational system, contact the Honey Brown Hope Foundation at 281-499-7966 or 713-854-4879.
About The Honey Brown Hope Foundation
The Honey Brown Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes cultural literacy, diversity appreciation, environmental awareness and multicultural literature among youth. For over twenty years, the Foundation and its founder and executive director Tammie Lang Campbell have waged a campaign to let the world know that everybody is somebody and nobody is the n-word. This initiative involves liberating minds from racial slurs, countering misinformation and promoting a more positive dialogue about blacks' contributions to America. For additional information about the Foundation, please visit www.honeybrownhope.org.