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Teaching Save the Boys

On November 9th, teachers from across Greater Philadelphia joined Kalela Williams for a professional development around Save the Boys and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. These archival videos offer a glimpse into this session and provide strategies on how to incorporate Save the Boys into various curricula.


Part 1:

Kalela Williams introduces Save the Boys and highlights the life of Frances Ellen Watkins Harpers. Williams also presents on the themes of Harper's life and poetry.

Part 2:

Kalela Williams dives into the poetry of Save the Boys and invites teachers to compare Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's poem with other contemporary poems in a duet poem exercise that can done in the classroom.

About Kalela Williams

Kalela Williams is the founder of Black History Maven, a gathering community that honors all diverse pasts, affirms Black identity and pride, and engages communities in literary, artistic, and cultural conversations. She is the current Director of Writing of Philadelphia youth organization Mighty Writers, and previously worked in literary programming for the Free Library of Philadelphia and James Madison University's Furious Flower Poetry Center.

In addition, Kalela serves on the board of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and writes fiction that connects history with the present. Her essay, "The Three Century Walk" is forthcoming this fall in Making Tracks: Reflections on Walking by New Door Books, and she recently was awarded a Tin House Writing Residency for her YA novel-in-progress, The Rosebine Daughters. She has led literary and writing workshops for museums, organizations, and institutions including the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Library Company of Philadelphia, Mural Arts, and many others.

Dedicated funding for the Sounds of Learning Dress Rehearsal Program has been provided by The William Penn Foundation, Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, Eugene Garfield Foundation, Wells Fargo, Universal Health Services, Hirsig Family Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, The McLean Contributionship, and Mr. William A. Loeb

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