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Florynce "Flo" Kennedy: Black Radical Feminist

It’s black history month, the perfect time to read about social justice trailblazers both celebrated and forgotten. Margo Jefferson’s wonderful memoir, Negroland, about growing up in a wealthy, elite African American family in the 1940s and ’50s, was my first introduction to Florynce “Flo” Kennedy, an outspoken black feminist who inspired Jefferson and many others. 560 more words


Virginia Hamilton, Children's Author And More.

Always honor those that came before.  I can’t think of a better person to celebrate for black history month than Virginia Hamilton.

Black History Month is when we reflect, remember and honor important African Americans. 194 more words


The Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later Campaign Day 13: Ibi Zoboi

I first met Ibi Zoboi at a writing conference in New York City. We were passing each other through a crowd, and she said that an editor had mistaken her for me because we both submitted stories set in Haiti.

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The Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later Campaign Day 14: Christine Kendall

From Philadelphia, The Brown Bookshelf presents Christine Kendall, author of the debut middle grade novel Riding Chance. Christine grew up in a family of six children where everyone played an instrument.

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Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

I have always loved words. When I was a child, I competed in spelling bees and I’d spend hours writing random words over and over just because I liked the way the letters looked together.

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The Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later Campaign Day 15: Maya Penn

16 year-old Maya Penn is a CEO, activist, author, illustrator, animator, coder, and so much more. She started her first company at eight years old, has TEDtalked to millions of people across the globe (as the youngest female in history to deliver two back-to back official TED Talks–her 2013 TEDWomen Talk is ranked as one […]

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Children's Literature

The Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later Campaign Day 17: Angie Thomas

Sometimes it’s fun to find out things about an author or illustrator that has nothing to do with their craft. For instance, YA author, Angie Thomas, likes playing video games, driving anywhere and nowhere at all, cooking/baking, and Air Jordan collecting.

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