Award-Winning Author Mines the Past for Family Stories, Forgotten Struggles

As we look ahead to spring, MRA is moving its annual conference online during the weekend of March 12 to 14, 2021. One of our featured speakers is award-winning author and educator Carole Boston Weatherford.

Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of 50+ books, including Caldecott Honor Winners Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

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Carole was a Sibert Honor winner and two-time NAACP Image Award recipient. She won a Newberry Honor for Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom.

As an author she mines the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles. The daughter of educators, she has a passion for rescuing events and figures from obscurity by documenting American history.

She is a professor at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Her son Jeffery Boston Weatherford is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and performance poet. Check out her website or follow her on twitter.

Check out this short video featuring author Carole and her illustrator son Jeffery.

The Michigan Reading Association welcomes all members — those who are new as well as whose memberships may have lapsed — to promote literacy by renewing your membership. To update your membership for the low price of $35, click here .

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