“Celebrating Our Voices”


H.M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education Building

North Carolina Central University

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Symposium (Panels & Keynotes): 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Book Festival (Book Sales, Meet & Greet & Signings): 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Join us for an empowering event that shines a light on award-winning Black children’s book creators from around the state and nation who are making a difference! 


Opening Keynote

Alan Bailey, Chair-Elect, Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee

Symposium Panels moderated by librarian and archivist Judy Allen Dodson featuring:

Tameka Fryer Brown

Gordon James

Keith Knight

Kelly Starling Lyons

Johnny Ray Moore

Eleanora E. Tate

Carole Boston Weatherford

Jeffery Weatherford

Closing Keynote by Wade and Cheryl Hudson, award-winning publishers of


 Celebrating Our Voices: The Black Children’s Literature Symposium & Book Festival

This event will bring together Black children’s literature scholars and 10 award-winning Black authors and illustrators from around the state and nation. Together, their work encompasses more than 150 titles that celebrate the Black experience through heritage and culture, offering affirming stories that can build high self-esteem and literacy in young people and appeal to adults.


1.      To promote intellectual growth and development of the general public on the issue of diversity in children’s literature.

2.      To illuminate the need for equity in children’s literature and raise awareness of the many outstanding Black authors and illustrators around the state and beyond who are creating books that help all children see themselves.

3.      To help the community diversify collections in schools, libraries and at home.

4.       To promote literacy and excitement around reading in children and inspire them to tell their own stories through words and art.


North Carolina Central University School of Education
NC African American Heritage Commission
African American Education & Research Organization (AAERO)
Durham Public Library
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Library & Information Studies
North Carolina Writers Network
Alazar Press
Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People
Wake County Public Library
Book Harvest
Zweli’s Kitchen & Catering
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Durham
Embassy Suites-Brier Creek
JB Duke Hotel

Unscripted Hotel

20/20 Sister of Vision Giving Circle

The Durham Hotel


Dr. Pauletta Brown Bracy

Darren & Judy Dodson

Shea & Jovonia Lewis

Patrick & Kelly Lyons

Jason & Shelia Reich

Donna-Marie Winn

Donate to support “Celebrating Our Voices”


Alan Bailey – Associate Professor and Head of the Teaching Resources Center at the Joyner Library at East Carolina University. He is Chair Elect of the Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee and the author of Building a Core Print Collection for Preschoolers.

Tameka Fryer Brown – Award-winning author of titles including Around Our Way on Neighbors’ Day and My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood and member of The Brown Bookshelf.

Judy Allen Dodson – Librarian and Archivist at the Olivia Raney Library of Wake County Public Library, member of the Special Collections & Archives sub-committee for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee and co-host of Celebrating Our Voices.

Wade & Cheryl Hudson – Trailblazing founders of Just Us Books, an award-winning Black interest children’s book publishing company celebrating its 30th anniversary this fall and award-winning children’s book authors.

Gordon James – Newbery Honor-, Caldecott-Honor and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award winner of the picture book, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut and acclaimed artist of titles including Campy and Scraps of Time.

Keith Knight – NAACP History Maker Award winner, celebrated creator of comic strips and books for adults and acclaimed artist of the middle-grade novel, Jake the Fake: Keeps It Real.

Kelly Starling Lyons – Award-winning Children’s Book Author of titles including Ellen’s Broom, Hope’s Gift, Tea Cakes for Tosh and the Jada Jones series, Teaching Artist, Founding Member of The Brown Bookshelf, a blog that raises awareness of Black children’s book creators and co-host of Celebrating Our Voices.


Johnny Ray Moore – Poet, greeting card writer and acclaimed author of children’s books including The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Silence, Please.

Eleanora E. Tate – Award-winning author of more than a dozen books for kids including Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance, The Secret of Gumbo Grove and Just An Overnight Guest.

Carole Boston Weatherford – Award-winning author of more than 50 children’s books including Be a King, Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library and Freedom in Congo Square and professor of children’s literature at Fayetteville State University.

Jeffery Weatherford – Award-winning illustrator of You Can Fly, illustrated by his mom Carole.

Special thanks to Dr. Pauletta Brown Bracy for her vision, guidance, help and leadership. NCCU Professor of Library Science, Director of the Office of University Accreditation and Immediate Past Chair of the Coretta Scott King Book Award Committee, Dr. Bracy is a treasure. We salute her for co-hosting Celebrating Our Voices.

Sunday, October 28 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
Book launch for the anthology, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices.

This collection of inspiring poems, stories and art features the work of more than 50 children’s book creators including eight of our authors and illustrators.  Wade & Cheryl Hudson of Just Us Books created and edited the anthology.

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