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Her grandparents, who showed their imagination through cooking and gardening, taught her to honor the magic of history and home.

Surrounded by creativity, Lyons began to write. The Coretta Scott King Award is the premier award honoring African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. Inspired by two artist uncles, as early as the third grade, Lewis displayed artistic promise. Lewis attended the Temple University Tyler School of Art, where, he discovered his medium of preference was watercolor.

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After graduating, he taught art in public schools for twelve years. Presently, E. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Kelly has a wonderful spirit. But even within that Kelly is special. I value our friendship and am so glad she agreed to come aboard for this project. Thanks for the introduction.

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Eleanora E. I met Kelly a few summers ago when we both attended Chautauqua. They were very impressed with her work and I got cool points for knowing her personally. Your email address will not be published. Gwendolyn Hooks. In One Million Men and Me experience the strength, unity, determination and legacy of that powerful day through the eyes of a little girl who was with her daddy the day black men made history.

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Interview: Q: Describe a highlight for you personally while you were writing this book. A: One of the highlights of the writing process was when the draft for One Million Men and Me came together. I had attended the Million Man March a decade earlier. To turn that experience into a picture book manuscript felt amazing.

A highlight of the publication journey was holding the finished book in my hands. Looking at the cover made me feel so proud. Peter Ambush did a beautiful job.

I felt really blessed that Just Us Books published my story. Sadly, many children have never heard of the March even though it took place just 13 years ago. I hope this book will inspire them to read more about it and talk to men in their community who attended and are living history. I hope it will make them feel proud of this day when a sea of black men stood together in purpose and peace.

Another hope I have is for my book to encourage children to celebrate fathers and father-figures. But their presence matters.

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Just Us Books created a great essay contest to launch One Million Men and Me that asked children to write about the best moment spent with fathers and father-figures. The entries were wonderful.

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Q: How long did it take to go from first idea to book contract? Please describe the process.

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So many images touched me — a sea of black men spread like a quilt across the Washington Mall, brothers of all beliefs and backgrounds hugging and praying as the voices of speakers soared around them, an amazing youth addressing the masses like that was what he was born to do. Her eyes, big as quarters, glittered like diamonds. She looked like a little princess among kings.