Someone shared this YouTube video with me of a group of 9 to 13 year olds singing a cover of this song to essential workers. They are thanking doctors, teachers, grocery store workers, and more, in the most tender-hearted way.
To all of you teachers out there on the front lines, sanitizing desks, iPads, and markers just to make it through the school day. The teachers navigating Zoom to teach students. To those early childhood educators working out creative ways to still make toys and play a part of the classroom. To the college professors doing everything they can to follow school protocol, and encouraging your students to do the same. The professors pre-recording lectures for students to watch online.
To those risking their lives.
To those who are starting their first year of teaching all over again (p.s. that’s all teacher’s this year).
To the overwhelmed and the underpaid.
Please listen to this song.
“No matter what you’re facing, you are my inspiration. You’re the fire that doesn’t know how to back down.”
Never. Ever. Give. Up.
These kids need you now more than ever. You’ve got this.
Please share with a teacher, a doctor, a nurse, a delivery driver, a grocery store worker, or anyone else on the front lines who may need to hear this.
Hip hop as a musical genre got its start in the 1970s in the Bronx when DJs would take popular breaks in songs, isolate those beats, and make them longer for the audiences. Hip hop began as a sort of “voice” for the disenfranchised youth in the poorer New York City neighborhoods. Check out our cool timeline of the evolution of Hip Hop:
Every month, we at HGU have decided to read a book and break our “under 5 minutes” rule to discuss it. The book for August was Pride & Prejudice & Zombies–see the original video here.
Well, we read it. Sort of. Brittany got the farthest, reading a little past halfway. The general consensus of the book was “if you have something better to do, do that instead. If you’re bored with nothing better to do, read the book.”
It was definitely entertaining, in a very grim sort of way. Did you end up reading the book, or have you read it before? If you’ve even finished it, you got way farther than we did.
Join us next month for our September Book Club read: Remains of the Day <<— That’s a link to Amazon.com page for the book.
You have to read it by September 30th (plenty of time, right?) and send us your review by then! We’ll be posting our video that day. Join the conversation! We want to hear from you guys!
The famous poet Walt Whitman has been brought into the public eye even more with the recent shout-outs from TV series Breaking Bad. Learn a little more about this guy beyond “Leaves of Grass” with our short video on his life & legacy below: