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Dear Friend,

Here’s the news: I'll be LIVE on Instagram today at 12:30 pm ET, the SISTER DAYS (Mother-Daughter / Sister-2-Sista) BOOK CLUB launches January 21, this month’s thought-provoking shows. 
But first . . .

Whew!  We made it.  We know the road ahead will be rough.  Still, it's no small thing to say: we’ve lived to see this day.
#Gratitude  #NewDay2021 #Hope

Somewhere along the years of writing this newsletter, I know I’ve shared the happy confluence of January 1st.  But, never before has it meant as much to me as it does now.  How about you?
 
It’s January 1: the seventh and final day of Kwanzaa—day of Imani (faith); a day set aside to remind us to “believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle” against injustice and for our human rights.  “Remind us.” I like that.  Remind. Re-mind. Re: mind—a day for the mind.  And so we have, indeed, come this far by faith and grace.

Happy Kwanzaa!  Happy gift of faith in our selves, our potential, our future.    
 
January 1, 1808: Upon abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Absalom Jones (ex-enslaved co-founder of the African Methodist Episcopal, AME Church) declared that this day “be set apart in every year, as a day of publick thanksgiving for that mercy.  Let the history of the sufferings of our brethren, and of their deliverance, descend by this means to our children to the remotest generations...”   
 
Happy Thanksgiving Day!     
 
January 1, 1863:  The persistent lobbying of Frederick Douglass (ex-enslaved abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, publisher, women’s rights champion) caused President Abraham Lincoln to state on paper what was true by divine right; making The Emancipation Proclamation the law of the land.  
 
Happy Freedom Day!    
 
January 1, 1956:  With the African continent (except for Ethiopia) colonized by Europe, Sudan became the first African nation to throw off the shackles of colonization, retake its independence, and pave the way for Pan-African liberation.
 
Happy Independence Day!    
 
January 1, 2021:  Day of celebration and renewal, birth and rebirth, endings and new beginnings.  Happy clean slate.  Happy perennial second chances.  
 
Happy New Year! 
 

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Over the years of touring the country for lectures and book readings, the #1 question I’m asked about our history is this: “Why didn’t anyone tell me?”  And, it’s spoken with all the pain, the sorrow, and the longing for better days “telling and knowing” could have meant to that person’s life.  That's why I'm launching the Sister Days Mother/Daughter Book Club:  that each of us might know, tell, and pass the stories--as legacy and hope chest--to future generations. 
  • Do you want to go from thinking ugh history, to knowing our story and better understanding your story?  
  • If you could tell your great-great-grandmother one thing to heal her sense of self, what would that be?  Your great-great-granddaughter?  Yourself?
  • Who do you want to be (or what do you want to do) tomorrow that you never thought yourself able to be or do yesterday?
A brand new day is on the rise.  Join me for the Sister Days Book Club starting January 21, 2021 (the day after Kamala Harris’ inauguration as Vice President) through March 10, 2021 (Harriet Tubman Day). 
 
Mother/Daughter.  Sister2Sistafriend. Solo. Come as you are. This 8-week virtual experience—a life-affirming conversation-starter rooted in our Sister Days—features daily meditations, weekly club meetings, special guests, podcasts, and all-new exclusive members-only content plus the chance to Guest Co-Host a members’ meeting.
 
Mother/Daughter and Sister2Sistafriend membership packages include one hardcover and one eBook copy of Sister Days: 365 Inspired Moments in African American Women’s History ($34.95 + S/H).  Solo memberships include one hardcover book ($29.95 + S/H).  Already own a copy of Sister Days?  Membership is $19.95.
SAVE MY PLACE!
EVENTS
LIVE today at 12:30 pm ET / 9:30 am PT
Rounding out my weeklong celebration of Kwanzaa, join me LIVE today--12:30 pm ET / 9:30 am PT--for readings from my book, SISTER DAYS, and thoughts on Imani (faith) at Instagram.com/SwagHerMagazine   
BOOK ME for your Virtual Conference
ON THE SHOW & PODCAST

January 2: “The Dream: Dr. King, Max Roach, and The Freedom NOW Suite.” Honoring the Dream of social justice, the Struggle for human rights, and two birthdays: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan. 15) and my late husband, drummer-composer, Jazz pioneer, human rights activist, Max Roach (Jan. 8).
 
January 9:  Julian Agyeman, “Belonging and Becoming”
“What our cities can become (sustainable, smart, sharing, resilient), and who is allowed to belong in them are inextricably interlinked,” says scholar-activist Julian Agyeman in this provocative conversation.  “We must act on both belonging and becoming together.”
 
January 16: Janet Dewart Bell, author, “Lighting the Fires of Freedom” Celebrating the inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris and the “shoulders” upon which we all stand; a tip of the bonnet (gélé, or “crown,” if you will) to sheroes of the Civil Rights Movement.   

January 23:  Erin Hatton, author, “Coerced”
As the nation reels from COVID-19, as businesses attempt to reopen, as we inaugurate new leaders (and hold them accountable), what value do we truly place on workers and work? And, what do prison laborers, graduate students, welfare workers, and college athletes share in common?   

The Janus Adams Show airs and streams live Saturdays at 12:00 noon ET on WJFF Radio Catskill.  For more information about the shows and our guests, visit JanusAdams.com/show. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and Spotify,. 

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Be safe. Be well.  Happy New Year!
Janus

Emmy Award-winning journalist, author, historian, keynote speaker, 
Dr. Janus Adams is publisher of BackPaxKids.com and host of public radio’s
“The Janus Adams Show” and podcast.
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