Self-Reflection of African American Culture through Southern Children’s Literature

LaShonda Alexander, 7th-8th Grade, Wilson STEM Academy

Curriculum Unit (PDF)


When we start exploring Southern Literature, we begin to explore and examine the issues of religion, racism, slavery, freedom, inequality, and so much more. As much as some of these issues may seem to create tension, discomfort, and sorrowful emotions for some African Americans by the roles that are portrayed in some of those stories; there are some positive and significant realizations of African Americans as it relates to our culture
and morals seen through Southern African American Children’s Literature. We will begin to define the role of African Americans within the larger American society and issues such as culture, racism, religion, slavery, freedom, and equality through different lenses. As we begin to explore African American Southern Children’s Literature we begin to define our
morals, cultural uniqueness and our purpose. Using African American Children’s Literature allows African American Children to get self-validation of who they are, how to use their voices, and a sense of how important and rich our cultural heritage really is. These stories will give these students a sense of belonging as they connect to characters that they can relate to.