Carole Boston Weatherford

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Biography

Carole Boston Weatherford is a New York Times bestselling author and poet. Her numerous books for children include the Walter Award-winning Schomburg, illustrated by Eric Velasquez; the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor Book Becoming Billie Holiday, illustrated by Floyd Cooper; and the Caldecott Honor Book Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Carole Boston Weatherford lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

 


Schedule

10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Children’s Authors Tent 2
Book Talk
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


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Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children’s literature’s top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg’s quest to correct history.

Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked.

Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro–Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk’s life’s passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg’s collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.

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