Scooters, Lorraine Hansberry, and Malcolm X - May 19

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Today is Boys Club Day, Scooter Day, Celebrate Your Elected Officials Day, Malcolm X Day, Devil's Food Cake Day, Ride a Unicycle Day, Plant Something Day, Stepmother's Day, and Baking Day.

Today's Birthdays
Songs of the Day
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Resource of the Day
Today's Theme: Scooters, Loraine Hansberry, Malcolm X. and Endangered Species


  • 1536 - Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn, is beheaded.
  • 1780 - New England's Dark Day is experienced over New England and parts of Canada. It was caused by smoke from forest fires, fog, and low cloud cover.
  • 1848 - Mexico ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ending the Mexican-American War and ceding California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of some other states to the US for $15 million.
  • 1921 - Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act establishing quotas on immigration.
  • 1962 - Marilyn Monroe sings an infamous rendition of "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.
  • 2018 - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are married at St George's Chapel, Windsor.



  • The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop - LISTEN
  • The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again - LISTEN

NHPBS LearningMedia - Asian Americans Collection

THEME:  Scooters

  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street - Elmo Learns to Ride a Scooter (2:20) - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street - Elmo Helps Zoe Ride a Scooter (2:01) - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-3 - Pinkalicious and Peterrific - Peter's Scooter Song (1:35) - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-3 - Pinkalicious and Peterrific - A Job for Scooter Boy (2:50) - VIEW
  • Grades 2-4 - NHPBS Video - Learning in Room 9 - How Things Move - Friction - 3rd Grade Science (27:58) - VIEW
  • Grades 3-8 - Design Squad - Physical Therapy Scooter (5:46) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS VIdeo - PBS NewsHour - Why the Rise of the Electric Scooter Has Been a Bumpy Ride (9:28) - VIEW

THEME:  Lorraine Hansberry

  • Grades 5-12 - NHPBS Video - Basic Black - Legendary Playwright Lorraine Hansberry (26:46) - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - Students Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry (25:05) - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - Author Lorraine Hansberry’s 'Radiant and Radical Life' (9:51) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - EDSITEment - A Raisin in the Sun: Whose "American Dream"? Lesson Plan - DO
  • Grades 9-12 - ReadWriteThink - Unlocking the Underlying Symbolism and Themes of a Dramatic Work - DO

THEME:  Malcolm X

  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS VIdeo - PBS NewsHour - Who Killed Malcolm X  (5:54) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - NHPBS Video - American Experience - Malcolm X  (13:07) - VIEW
  • Grades 7-12 - NHPBS Video - PBS NewsHour - Why Malcolm X's Murder Was Reevaluated (9:12) - VIEW
  • Grades 8-12 - NHPBS Video - Washington Week - The Exoneration of 2 Men Convicted of Killing Malcolm X (18:17) - VIEW
  • Grades 8-12 - NHPBS Video - Amanpour and Company - The Untold Story of Malcolm X (17:30) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS Video - Dinner and a Book - The Autobiography of Malcolm X (26:46) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS Video - Rhode Island Weekly - Malcolm X Interview (8:08) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS Video - One-on-One - The History of Malcolm X & the Black Lives Matter Movement (12:22) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS Video - WNET Group Archives - The Negro and the American Promise (59:07) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS Video - "The Lost Tapes of Malcolm X"  (10:43) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS Video - American Experience - Explore the Friendship Between Maya Angelou and Malcolm X (12:22) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS Video - Chicago Tonight - Ilyasah Shabazz on the Legacy of Her Father, Malcolm X (9:13) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS Video - Jackie Robinson - Jackie Robinson and Malcolm X (3:25) - VIEW


NHPBS - 11.1 Comcast (2/802) More Options

Sunday, 5/19 from 2-3 pm NHPBS
The untold story of false information and political influences that led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans and the parallels to the targeting of groups today and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.

POETRY IN AMERICA - Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper
Sunday, 5/19 from 6:30-7 pm NHPBS
Long before he won the National Book Award, Latinx poet Martín Espada worked after school in a factory making legal pads. Espada, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, economists Natasha Sarin, Betsey Stevenson, and Justin Wolfers, historian Jill Lepore, and actor John Turturro join Elisa New to reflect on social mobility, and what connects manual labor with the raw materials of poetry and law. POETRY IN AMERICA Streaming Video

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