Wednesday, October 14, 2020
In an author’s note to her new picture book All Because You Matter, Tami Charles acknowledges that its inspiration was the knowledge that at some point she’d need to sit her Black son down for The Big Talk, “the one where I tell him that while there are many nice people in the world, not everyone is.” All Because You Matter offers parents with a starting point for a family conversation about the racial climate in this country, a conversation that starts with an affirmation of value and worth rather than one of fear. Caldecott Honor artist Bryan Collier uses bold watercolor and collage illustrations to reinforce Charles’s words of pride in one’s heritage and identity. Charles and Collier will read from their book, offer insights into its creation, and participate in a brief Q&A with the Boston Public Library's Akunna Eneh. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the book’s creators!
This session will also be broadcast live on Boston Neighborhood Network Media television stations. Note that this session will not be archived anywhere, so be sure to tune in live!
Saturday, October 17, 2020
This session, presented in cooperation with the Museum of African American History and highlighting the MAAH Stone Book Award, brings together five notable historians whose work focuses on institutions or individuals who were key in fomenting acts or movements of Black resistance throughout American history. Moderator Kellie Carter Jackson (Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence) will interview Vincent Brown (Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War), Kerri Greenidge (Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter), Garrett Felber (Those Who Know Don't Say: The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State) and 2020 MAAH Stone Book Award winner Jelani M. Favors (Shelter in a Time of Storm: How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism). Their riveting historical accounts reveal the many forms of constant, continued resistance by Black Americans against racism and racist policies and practices from the time of enslavement through to the present, the surge of particular black radical movements at unique moments in history, and the wide range and diverse forms of activism cultivated in the Black community— from religious to academic institutions. This session aims to underscore that Black people have always known—and have always fought to make clear—that Black lives matter. Sponsored by the Plymouth Rock Foundation and the Jim and Cathy Stone Foundation.