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Grand Hyatt Atlanta (Buckhead)
3300 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305, USA

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Thursday, August 10


Back in the Day: Helping Children Understand Segregation Through Books

Evelyn Coleman, White Socks Only, Calvin Ramsey, Ruth and the Green Book, Carole Weatherford, Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins.

Young children of today have not been exposed to institutional segregation and white supremacy prevalent decades ago. Segregated lunch counters, water fountains, and restrooms are no longer a part of the American landscape. Discrimination of any kind is now illegal. Black Americans worked long and hard to right these wrongs. However, prejudice and bigotry still flourish in America. Books can provide not only a chance to educate children about the past, but offer an opportunity to equip them with tools for sorting through complicated or confusing issues. Join these award winning authors and they share this issue from a child’s perspective.

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Evelyn Coleman

Evelyn Coleman is the award-winning author of a dozen books for young readers as well as numerous short stories, essays and a novel for adults published over a long writing career. A resident of Atlanta, she is the author most recently of "Freedom Train," a 2008 book for young readers.Her... Read More →
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Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Children's Author & Playwright
The playwright and author Calvin Alexander Ramsey, was raised in the South and now a current dual resident of Atlanta, Georgia and New York City. He is the author of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book published in 2010, and the play “The Green Book,” first produced... Read More →
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Carole Boston Weatherford

Children's Author
Carole Boston Weatherford is the acclaimed author of more than forty books, including Voice of Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a Sibert Honor; Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration... Read More →

Saturday, August 12


Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth: Research and Practice
School and public libraries have historically been champions for literacy, equity, and education. Today, Black youth are in need of champions more than ever before. If you imagine literacy education as climbing a ladder, for too many Black youth, the school rung of the literacy ladder is broken. In this session, we will share information from our recent publication entitled Libraries, Library, and African American Youth, which focuses on how libraries can create more equitable and just services and programs for Black youth& services and programs that help to improve their literacy and life outcomes. Our goal is to introduce key research concepts and to offer meaningful illustrations of how school and public librarians are utilizing these concepts to effect real change in the lives of Black youth.


Kirby McCurtis

Youth Librarian, Multnomah County Library

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Pauletta Brown Bracy

Pauletta Brown Bracy is professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University where she also serves as Director of the Office of University Accreditation. She began her library career in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Public Schools as a middle... Read More →
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Sandra Hughes-Hassell

Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also President of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). In her current research, she focuses on social justice issues... Read More →

Saturday August 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Azalea (Grand Hyatt Buckhead) 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

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