For immediate release Tuesday, January 3, 2012
CONTACT: Charla Draper
Public Relations Department Head
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Lecture Focuses on Writing African American History for Youth
Birmingham, Alabama—The Birmingham Public Library presents the Ninth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, January 18 at 12:00 p.m. The topic this year focuses on telling stories—telling stories of the Civil Rights Movement to children. The program titled Teach Your Children Well: Writing African American History for Young Readers will feature award-winning authors of children’s books sharing insights on creating books for young readers that tell the history of the Civil Rights Movement. The program is from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Arrington Auditorium of the Birmingham Public Library, Central.
The panelists include:
• Larry Brimner, author of a wide variety of children’s books, including We Are One: the Story of Bayard Rustin
. Rustin was Martin Luther King’s advisor, a Freedom Rider, and the man who planned the 1963 March on Washington.
• Evelyn Coleman, author of several highly-acclaimed children’s books about the Civil Rights Movement, including Freedom Train
and White Socks Only
. Coleman has received numerous awards, including the Cuffie Award from Publisher’s Weekly
• Jo Kittinger, a Birmingham native and author of Rosa’s Bus: the Ride to Civil Rights
Jim Baggett, Head of the Department of Archives and Manuscripts at the Birmingham Public Library, shared: “The Martin Luther King Jr., Lecture series is designed to encourage new approaches in the study of civil and human rights.” Baggett continued, “Our goal with the 2012 program is to motivate more people to tell the stories of the Civil Rights Movement and encourage writers of all ages to use the resources of the Archives of the Birmingham Public Library.”
In addition to participating on the panel, each author will present a program for youth at the several libraries. Detailed information on the programs is available on the attached fact sheet and the library website, www.bplonline.org.
Birmingham Public Library Activities for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 3-January 13, 2012
Youth are invited to visit any Birmingham Public Library January 3 through January 13, 2012 to participate in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Scavenger Hunt. Each participant who successfully completes the scavenger hunt may enter their names in a drawing for a free book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each library will draw three winners.
January 18-January 19, 2012
WHAT: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture, “Teach Your Children Well: Writing African American History for Young Readers,” features a panel of highly acclaimed authors of children’s books. They will share insights on the creative process of writing for young readers.
WHO: Larry Brimner, author of We Are One: the Story of Bayard Rustin
Evelyn Colemen, author Freedom Train and White Socks Only
Jo Kittenger, a Birmingham native and author of Rosa’s Bus: the Ride to Civil Rights
WHEN: Wednesday, January 18, 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Arrington Auditorium on the Fourth Floor, Birmingham Public Library, Central
January 17-19, 2012
Authors Present Youth Programs
Each author participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Lecture will present programs at the following libraries.
Birmingham Public Library Central:
Larry Brimner, Wednesday, January 18 at 9:30 a.m.—Program focuses on the five-step writing process and will touch on mining for ideas, story development, research techniques, and/or any combination of these topics as he takes students through several titles from ideas to publication.
West End Branch Library:
Jo Kittinger Thursday, January, 19 at 3:30 p.m—Program focuses on Civil Rights and the Power of Words. Kittenger will discuss the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the importance of speaking up for what is right.
Avondale, Springville Road, Smithfield, and North Avondale Libraries:
Evelyn Coleman will appear at each of the listed libraries. Coleman will read and discuss her book, White Socks Only. She will talk about why she wrote the book and how important it is for us to embrace all people and speak up whenever we see something wrong. Her program will also include information on how to get ideas and the process of story development.
Avondale Regional Library, Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Springville Road Regional Library, Wednesday, January 18 at 4:00 p.m.
Smithfield, Branch Library, Thursday, January, 19 at 10:00 a.m.
North Avondale Branch Library, Thursday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m.