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R.H. Boyd and author H. H. Leonard to appear at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, TN

R.H. Boyd to make first appearance at the 34th Annual Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee, October 14 – 16, 2022. This appearance will feature our newest title, Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership, and author H. H. Leonards.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. /PRNewswire/ — R.H. Boyd to make first appearance at the 34th Annual Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Tennessee, October 14 – 16, 2022. This appearance will feature our newest title, Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership, and author H. H. Leonards.

Mrs. Leonards will take part in a featured panel discussion during the festival and will immediately sign copies of her book for attendees.

R.H. Boyd to appear at the Southern Festival of Books with Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus author, H. H. Leonards

Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus: Life, Lessons, and Leadership was published on Juneteenth, and it is a collection of inspiring and instructive memories collected over the course of the decade during which Mrs. Parks stayed at author H.H. Leonard’s Washington, D.C. home. A personal and intimate glimpse of Mrs. Parks is shared by the author in this work through her fond recollections, both delightful and somber.

“We are excited to take part in this festival and are eager to connect with the community,” said Dr. LaDonna Boyd, fifth-generation President/CEO of R.H. Boyd. “This company was founded during a time when literacy was criminalized and dangerous for African Americans. To be able to share our culture and resources with this audience is an honor. We are thankful to our ancestors for their perseverance and sacrifice that paved the way for us to be here today.”

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An annual literary festival in downtown Nashville, the Southern Festival of Books is one of the oldest in the country, welcoming approximately 200 authors and 25,000 visitors every October. Presented by Humanities Tennessee, the three-day festival hosts panel sessions, discussions, and readings from a wide variety of genres including fiction and nonfiction, young adult literature, poetry, science fiction, and mystery. Featured festival books are available for purchase and can be signed by authors during the event.

Attendance is free and includes performance stages, food trucks, and more than 60 publishers and booksellers. All events will be held in downtown Nashville at the War Memorial Plaza and the Nashville Public Library’s main branch. 

Visit www.rhboyd.com and follow @rhboydco on social media channels to stay updated. Visit www.sofestofbooks.org to learn more about the festival.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 16

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. Born in 1929, King’s actual birthday is January 15 (which in 1929 fell on a Tuesday). The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21.

King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. (wikipedia)

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The Northwest African American Museum Hosts Grand Reopening on Monday, January 16 in Honor of MLK, Jr. Day

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Acclaimed Actor and Activist Jesse Williams to Hold Moderated Conversation Responding to NAAM’s King Day Theme of “All, Here, and Now”

SEATTLE /PRNewswire/ — The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) will host a grand reopening and commemorate the King Day holiday on Monday, January 16, 2023. The event will feature guided tours of the galleries and exhibitions, screening of a Civil Rights film and an interactive video moderated conversation with Jesse Williams, actor, director, and activist noted for his role as executive producer of the powerful documentary film, Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement. With sponsorship support from Boeing and Union Bank, NAAM’s reopening represents the return of the Museum to its physical space after a three-year closure due to the pandemic.

The Northwest African American Museum’s Color of Life exhibit features paintings by artists Shantell Jackson, Yeggy Michael, LoMar Metoyer and Vincent Keele.

NAAM’s King Day theme, “All, Here, and Now,” is based on the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, “No, what we are saying to this nation is that we want all of our rights. We want them here, and we want all of them not next year, not next week, but we want them now, at this hour.”

“NAAM is a resilient, innovative organization committed to our mission no matter what. We uplift, share, and celebrate Black stories, even when our doors are closed,” noted LaNesha DeBardelaben, the President and CEO of the Northwest African American Museum. “We are thrilled to reopen our doors on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a robust program of activities offered all day for the entire family and community.”

King Day at NAAM is free and open to the public, and donations are encouraged. The family-friendly event will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will feature activities for kids, including live art activations, soccer training with the Seattle Sounders, storytime, and face painting. The event will also include musical performances by NAAM’s African American Cultural Ensemble (ACE) and will host a variety of speakers including spoken word artist Tia-Nache and local historian Dr. Daudi Abe. There will also be voter registration and a hygiene supply drive during the event. The celebration will continue in the early evening with an After Party featuring local deejay Chukundi “Kun Luv” Salisbury.

The featured exhibitions during NAAM’s King Day reopening to be on view through June 19 include:

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  • Hallway of Healing and Hope – The exhibit tells the story of the Colman School building.
  • Making a Way: Jacob Lawrence and the Northwest Black Experience – This exhibition celebrates the life and artistic legacy of Jacob Lawrence as a Northwest artist.
  • The Colors of Life: African American Abstract Art and the Regathering of Community – This exhibition uses colorful abstract works by Northwest African and African American artists to resurrect our hope, connection, contemplation, and action as a community. Featured artists include LoMar Metoyer, Yeggy Michael, Shantell Jackson, Vincent Keele.
  • A Long Walk to Hope: The Photography of Seattle’s Martin Luther King, Jr. March – This exhibition showcases the energy and magnitude of Seattle’s annual King Day march through photographs taken by photographer Susan Fried.
  • Notables of the Northwest Hallway – A hallway featuring photos of notable African American musicians of the Northwest and a thoughtful quote from each of them.

NAAM is also partnering with the Onyx Fine Arts Collective to showcase works of five Black artists of the Collective: Asha Helmstetter, Johnny Harris, Eddie Reed, Ashby Reed, and Earnest D. Thomas.

“NAAM is an institution that captures our hopes and dreams in a world of pandemics and problems,” said former Seattle Mayor Norman Rice and NAAM board member. “Our region is happy to see NAAM reopen. Our past and future are both there at NAAM, where excellent things are happening.”

For more information about NAAM’s King Day, please visit https://www.naamnw.org/king-day-2023.

The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) is a regionally prestigious institution housed in the historic Colman School within Seattle’s Central District. Since opening in 2008, hundreds of thousands of visitors have come to the museum to view exhibitions, participate in dynamic public programs, and take part in private events. As a premier African American museum in the region, NAAM fills a void in the regional cultural scene by offering a space where community members come to reflect, to gain perspective, to learn, listen, and heal. NAAM uses Black history, art, and culture as a starting point that inspires, empowers, and informs all visitors about ourselves and our shared past. NAAM’s mission is to spread knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of the histories, arts, and cultures of people of African descent for the enrichment of all. 

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Discussing Slavery in Classrooms — #1 New York Times Bestselling Author’s New Book Shows the Way

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Kwame Alexander’s An American Story releases Jan. 3 and will help educators and parents start the conversation.

Book Title: An American Story  
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Publication Date: January 3, 2022  

NEW YORK, Dec. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On January 3, 2023, Kwame Alexander, the #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Crossover, The Door of No Return and The Undefeated, will kick off a national tour at Judy Blume’s in Key West, Florida for An American Story, a bold children’s picture book that explains American slavery through the voice of a teacher who is struggling to help her students understand its place in history.

Told through lyrical writing and stunning illustrations, the powerful, multilayered narrative by Alexander and artist/sculpturist Dare Coulter will take educators, parents and young people from fireside tales in an African village, through the passage across the Atlantic and the backbreaking work in the fields of the South to eventual emancipation.

“I wrote this book after a rather difficult parent-teacher conference back in my daughter’s fourth grade school year,” said Alexander, whose book The Crossover is a forthcoming Disney+ television series. “An American Story is for all teachers and parents trying to find their voices, trying to share a lesson that we all find so difficult to discuss. It is a story for readers of all ages — a story of a people’s struggle, strength, horror and hope that needs to be told and understood by all of us.” 

Coulter, a longtime sculpturist and illustrator, said: “I want there to be these big assemblies of beautiful, hopeful kids reading this book, to whom we can say, ‘Yes, this did happen, yes, it is terrible; but the way forward is acknowledgement and understanding.’ I want readers to walk away feeling resilient.” 

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Alexander’s national tour for the book launches with a live virtual conversation from Judy Blume’s Key West, Florida bookstore, Books and Books, on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 12 p.m. EST on his Facebook page (Facebook.com/KwameAlexanderBooks). The virtual event will be followed by a nine-city book tour, which kicks off on Jan. 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina and includes stops in Jacksonville, Florida; Charleston and Charlotte. Learn more at kwamealexander.com

About the Author

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher and New York Times bestselling author of 37 books, including the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Honor-winning picture book The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, the Newbery medal-winning novel, The Crossover (a forthcoming TV series on Disney+), and Becoming Muhammad Ali, co-authored with James Patterson. He is also a regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition.

About the Artist

Dare Coulter (she/her) is an award-winning artist, muralist, and sculptor whose primary artistic objective is to create positive imagery of Black people and families. She aims to install sculptures depicting Black joy around the world. Learn more at darecoulter.com.

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