Ginger Whitaker is founder of Papyrus Literary Enterprises, and was publisher and editor of Papyrus, a literary magazine for writers that stayed in publication for nine years. She is a published author of a novel, entitled The Dowry, published by Holloway House Publishing Company, Los Angeles, 1989. She has had short stories published in the literary journal Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review, North Carolina State University. She has working experience in literary criticism and co-authored a writer’s manual of phrases to help the beginning writer stimulate creativity and to help the professional with writer’s block. She was co-founder of Greater Hartford African American Writers Guild, where members met to read, critique, and give feedback on their work.
After she created The Etiquette Club: Literacy & Leadership through Gracious Living, she was inspired to write down her lessons and make them available to any teacher interested in teaching good manners and gracious living. Teen Etiquette: Lessons in Gracious Living, Teen Etiquette: Lessons in Grooming a Gentleman, and The Charming Child: Etiquette for Boys and Girls were the results. She taught seventh and eighth grade reading and English for twenty-nine years.
Saeed Singletary was an eighth grade science teacher and sixth grade math teacher. She spent over ten years tutoring a range of subjects including Math, English, Latin, and Study Skills in Connecticut and New York City. She conceived and co-authored The Charming Child: Etiquette for Boys and Girls. Currently, she is the Program Manager with Thurston Whitaker and provides support for those organizations who seek out help in implementing our etiquette and character education programs nationwide.
Why Is Etiquette Important?
Etiquette is from the French, which means ticket. A ticket to enter the royal court meant one knew the rules of best behavior. What we know as courtesy derives from best behavior at the royal court. Modern etiquette is important because it helps us become our best selves, so that we may lead positive, successful, happy and gracious lives. Etiquette also helps us become considerate and generous. It encourages fairness and empathy.
Knowing the rules of society means knowing the right things to do and the right words to say. Etiquette is a confidence builder, and as we get more confident through “knowing the rules of courtesy,” we show others how important those rules are in everyday life.