January Blog Contest

After taking a month off, we’re back to start off 2010 with a blog contest! We perused the list of holidays celebrated in January. So many good options! Should we celebrate Peculiar People Day (January 10)? Penguin Awareness Day (January 20)? Squirrel Appreciation Day (January 21)? National Corn Chip Day (January 29)? It was a tough call, but in the end we decided to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 18, 2010).

To celebrate King’s message of peace and nonviolent activism, we’re giving away an audiobook about another, earlier peaceful protester, Rosa Parks. I Am Rosa Parks, written by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins, is a great introduction for your readers to Parks and the Civil Rights Movement. For more titles about Civil Rights leaders, see last year’s list for Black History Month.

Download the I Am Rosa Parks RB Teacher Guide for free!

To enter the contest, just leave a comment on this post below telling us how you teach your students about the Civil Rights movement or who the Civil Rights leader you most admire is.


* Leave a comment below (be sure to enter a valid email address, or we won’t be able to contact you if you win!) sharing a story about someone who inspired you and how they inspired you or why they were such an inspiration.
* Tweet (we’re @recordedbooks) or blog about the contest and you can leave a second comment linking to your tweet or post—you’ll get another contest entry. Spread the word!
* Again, be sure you leave a valid email address with your comment so we can contact you. If you’re picked as a winner and we can’t contact you, the prize will got to the next winner. (You don’t need to re-nter your address within the body of the comment, though. Just be sure it’s in the form when you leave your comment.)
* Comments will be assigned a number (first commenter is #1, second is #2, etc). Winners will be picked by random.org according to comment number.
* Drawing will be held on January 29, 2010 at 12:00PM Eastern time. Winners will be contacted by email to get mailing information. The winner will receive one copy the following title on CD: I Am Rosa Parks

CONTEST CLOSED! Not a lot of entries this month! Spread the word so we can get the contest going again. The winner of the January contest is Kurt Johnson – congratulations!

4 Responses

  1. […] Posted on January 8, 2010 by recordedbooks First of all, don’t forget to enter our January contest to win a free audiobook! We’re currently hard at work on the 2010 Recorded Books K-12 […]

  2. For my son’s 13th birthday, we surprised him with a trip to Washington DC. Learn about some national history, take some patriotic pictures, be an American. While planning our trip, food was important. We love exploring new foods. We go out of our way to bypass ‘chain’ eateries. For us, it’s the thrill of finding the local ‘flavor’ that makes a city or neighborhood unique. In searching DC, I came across several recommendations for Ben’s Chili Bowl. http://www.benschilibowl.com My son and I hopped the Metro to U Street to discover why Bill Cosby said when you first bite into a half smoke “you say thank you Jesus and that’s the one prayer you really mean.”

    So, here’s two white guys from semi-rural Utah stepping into what use to be part of a segregated Washington DC neighborhood. We knew nothing of the history of the Shaw district beyond the fact that Duke Ellington, a musical hero of mine, use to play in the area a lot.

    It was a slow afternoon at Ben’s. They sat us at the counter bypassing the usual order, pay, then sit and eat. They took the time to fine out what we were looking for in our Ben’s experience. Then they brought out the best chili half smokes with cheese fries we may ever experience. Let let us sit at the counter for over two hours, sharing the history of Ben’s, cheering for the US Soccer team on the television with us, and making sure we were happy and content.

    My son had such a great experience that, two days later, he choose Ben’s as the location for his ‘birthday’ dinner. Sure, he could have chosen any location in DC. But, he wanted to return to Ben’s. When we arrived, the line was almost out the door. We got in the line but, one of the guys who served us two days earlier saw us, called us out of line and ushered us to a table in the back. Again, he made sure we were taken care of, especially my son on his birthday.

    What we didn’t realize right off was that we were in the back room with a visiting church group from North Carolina who were being given a presentation on ‘the historical importance of Ben’s Chili Bowl to the civil rights movement and the Black Washington DC community.’ By the end of the presentation, both my son and I felt like we were on hallowed ground and privileged to be invited into a part of US history. To top it all off, the gentleman presenting introduced us to the group as ‘regular customers from Utah’ who help preserve and continue Ben’s historical legacy.

    Before leaving, my son proudly put on his new Ben’s Chili Bowl t-shirt and had pictures taken with those who had treated us so nicely.

    My gratitude goes out to Ben & Virginia Ali who not only persevered through the race riots of the late 1960’s but who’s employees represent the hope of the civil rights movement. They truly judged two white men from Utah “not… by the color of their skin.” They treated us like family, the way I hope my son will always treat other people.

  3. Passed the tweet on about the contest. @kurtusu

  4. […] January blog contest winner, Kurt Johnson! If you haven’t yet, be sure to go back and read his comment, about a weekend where he and his son enjoyed Washington D.C. institution Ben’s Chili Bowl […]

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