Tuesday, September 28th, 2021, 7pm ET, online only via Crowdcast, free to attend: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/your-legacy
Please join us for an virtual launch event for YOUR LEGACY, a proud, empowering introduction to African American history that celebrates and honors enslaved ancestors, written by Schele Williams and illustrated by Tonya Engel. We are planning an engaging, family-friendly 45-minute event with author Schele Williams, illustrator Tonya Engel, and surprise guests, exclusively for customers of indie bookstores.
Your story begins in Africa.
Your African ancestors defied the odds and survived 400 years of slavery in America and passed down an extraordinary legacy to you.
Beginning in Africa before 1619, Your Legacy presents an unprecedentedly accessible, empowering, and proud introduction to African American history for children. While your ancestors’ freedom was taken from them, their spirit was not; this book celebrates their accomplishments, acknowledges their sacrifices, and defines how they are remembered—and how their stories should be taught.
Schele Williams is a Broadway director committed to cultivating new musicals and devised work. She is directing the upcoming Broadway revivals of Aida (Disney Theatrical Group) and The Wiz, as well as the premieres of Mandela the Musical and Indigo. She has directed at regional theaters and festivals across the country and has a long history of work on Broadway in Rent, Aida, and Motown: The Musical. Passionate about pairing social justice with the arts, Schele is on the steering committee of We Stand United and is a founding member of Black Theatre United, an organization committed to dismantling systemic racism on our streets and stages. She has been a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices for over two decades and serves as Chairperson of the Board.
Tonya Engel is a self-taught artist living in Houston, Texas. Folk artists of the deep South have influenced her work, as well as contemporary masters such as Marc Chagall, Frida Kahlo, Romare Bearden, and Gustav Klimt. Her bold style is figurative, textured, colorful, and ripe with symbolism. Engel made a spectacular debut in children’s publishing with her illustrations in Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou, written by Bethany Hegedus and published by Lee & Low Books in 2019, and the recently published My Hair is Magic! by M.L. Marroquin.
The first 20 orders of Your Legacy from Gibson's Bookstore will receive a signed bookplate!
This little girl knows her hair is great just as it is. When people ask, “Why is your hair so BIG?” she answers, “Why isn’t yours?” Her hair is soft, it protects her, it’s both gentle and fierce. While some might worry about how it’s different and try to contain it, she gives it the freedom to be so extraordinary it almost has a life of its own.
Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
Editor's Choice, Booklist
Notable Books in the Language Arts, National Council of Teachers of English
Amelia Bloomer Project - Feminist Task Force, American Library Association (ALA)
Notable Poetry List, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)