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Sat, Mar 16



African Americans and Children's Literature: ON TOUR

After a highly successful launch, Africa Americans and Children's Literature now begins a citywide tour. JOIN US for SEEING OURSELVES IN THE RIVER, IN THE MIRROR, IN THE WORLD an exhibition, conversation and reading featuring authors Sharon Bell Mathis and Brian Gilmore

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African Americans and Children's Literature: ON TOUR
African Americans and Children's Literature: ON TOUR

Time & Location

Mar 16, 2024, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Washington, 3660 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020, USA


About the event

Be regaled by the historical exhibition and narratives that highlight several of the major, award-winning writers who enriched DC's literary community, creating children's books and poetry that provided an authentic portrait of African American life, history and culture and that helped advance the socioeconomic and political development of  Blacks in the United States and beyond.  

Esther Productions Inc., in partnership with The Black Student Fund and The Institute for African American Writing, presents an informative, provocative and entertaining afternoon with Sharon Bell Mathis, one of the leaders of the Golden Age of Black Children's Literature. " She is the author of several best-selling  and award-winning children and young adult books, including Teacup Full of Rose, Ray Charles, The Hundred Penny Box, and Running Girl: The Diary of Ebonee Rose among others. She has been celebrated for writing stories that demonstrate the fortitude, resilience and beauty of African-Americans. At the African Americans and Children's Literature opening held earlier this month, Mathis received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to DC's literary community and to the field of children's literature.

Brian Gilmore will also present at this every special program on March 16 at the Francis Gregory Library. Gilmore is  a poet and author of the soon-to-be-released book "No More Worlds To Conquer: The Black Poet in Washington DC Since Paul Laurence Dunbar," which is a cultural history of the Black poetry scene in DC since Paul Laurence Dunbar came to the city to live and write in 1898. Gilmore has also written four books of poetry and numerous essay.  He has won several awards, including the 2020 Michigan Notable Book Award for his book, come see about me marvin (Wayne State University Press). He is a Senior Lecturer in the Law and Society Program at the University of Maryland - College Park.

Don't miss these two dynamic authors and get a glimpse of the larger exhibition. It's Free. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. SEATING IS LIMITED.  

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Books by author Nkechi Taifa and others will be given as door prizes. Light refreshments will be served.

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND CHILDREN'S LITERATURE will be ON TOUR on March 20, 2024 at St. Augustine School. (This is a private viewing, however). 

On April 20, 2024 from 3-5:30pm,  AACL ON TOUR will be at the Cleveland Park Library. 

For background on the African Americans and Children's Literature program go to AA Childrens Literature | estherproductionsinc

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