City of Wichita Falls, Tex. United States District Court, N. Texas, Wichita Falls Division.
United States District Court, N.
Texas, Wichita Falls Division. Horany, Law Office of John K. Price, Wichita Falls, TX, for defendants. The two Books have been endorsed by educators, psychologists, and librarians.
Indeed, Linda Hughes--the Library Administrator of the Wichita Falls Public Library--feels strongly that Heather and Daddy's Roommate are "a wonderful way to explain to children that you may live in a different lifestyle, but the important thing is people love you.
That is, the Library's Collection Manager had received more than four requests that the titles be considered for purchase--and there had been multiple Inter-Library Loan requests for the Books.
Before the purchase, both the Collection Manager and Library Administrator, Linda Hughes, had checked professional reviewing publications and recommended bibliographies of youth materials for titles on the subject of homosexual parents.
Daddy's Roommate was the first book written for children of gay men. The full-color illustrations depict a boy, his father, and his father's partner "as they take part in activities familiar to all kinds of families: The colorful characters with their contemporary wardrobes and familiar surroundings lend the tale a stabilizing air of warmth and familiarity.
When she joins a playgroup and discovers that other children have 'daddies,' her confusion is dispelled by an adult instructor and the other children who describe their own different families," such as Joshua, who has a mommy and stepfather, and David, whose two brothers and sisters are not the same color as he is because they are all adopted.
See Exhibit 1 to Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint. Before the library's purchase of Heather and Daddy's Roommate, the Library collection had no other titles on the subject of children with gay parents for children from preschool to the sixth grade.
After two copies of each book were purchased by the Library, they were catalogued--one copy of each in "Youth Picture Books" and the other copies in "Youth Reference"--and, on October 4,they were placed on the library's shelves.
However, according to Library Administrator Linda Hughes, the Books had been checked out "only two or three times" during this period. However, in Maya number of individuals and special interest groups began attempts to censor the Books--which they considered to be offensive and objectionable.
These individuals and groups, many of whom objected to the perceived messages of Heather and Daddy's Roommate on religious grounds, felt as if they were waging a "moral battle" against the Books. Reverend Jeffress wanted to keep Heather and Daddy's Roommate out of the hands of members of his congregation--and anyone else in the community--because he objected vehemently to the perceived "homosexual message" of the Books.
In response to the controversy surrounding the two Books, the Library Advisory Board--a nine-member advisory board that issues non-binding recommendations to the Library on circulation and collection issues--agreed to reconsider the appropriateness of the two Books for children.
In Juneafter careful consideration, the Advisory Board recommended that both Heather and Daddy's Roommate remain in the children's areas of the Library. However, the City Council finally gave in to the relentless pressure and, on February 16,by a four to three vote, passed Resolutionwhich became known as the "Altman Resolution.
The Altman Resolution states:He teaches with love and he does not suffer fools. He is the genuine article, steeped in his tradition as a Zulu, his father a direct descendant of King Shaka (this he says with a smile) He is a genius that takes us in to the heart of ancestral wisdom and he extends ubutnu with a gentle spirit and humility.
Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir Boy: the true story of a Black youth's coming of age in apartheid South Africa. Macmillan: New York, This is a book that teaches us how strong we can be as human beings, and how we can transcend any circumstances to become something great.
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Mathabane argues that the reason many Americans are turned off by the current divisive racial dialogue is because the discussion has mostly been about the politics of race and avoids the elephant in the room - - what each of us can do to become agents for racial healing.
South African Culture Teacher Resources.
Find South African Culture lesson plans and worksheets. Students explore the concepts of intolerance and racism in the autobiography Kaffir Boy written by Mark Mathabane.
The lesson reveals the story's depiction of the terrible toll of apartheid on the lives of individuals. South African Culture. Apartheid put strict regulations on black people, hindering there way of life Mark Mathabane is a intellectual, black South African man Mark, whose original name was Johannes, had great success in school due to his hard work.