Black History Month Author Celebration

When: Sat., Feb. 9, 1 p.m. 2019

Richmond children, teens and their parents and educators can meet their favorite local authors at Richmond Public Library’s fourth annual Black History Month author celebration showcasing local authors whose work examines the resilience of African American youth. Keynote speaker will be Kiara S. Lee, author of "Be a Man Tyrone: What Happens when Daddy Goes to Prison" and "Light-Skinned, Dark-Skinned or In-Between?" Also speaking will be “The Dancing Deputy” Deuntay Diggs, author of "Beneath the Scar: a Story of Resilience," who was featured on "Good Morning America" and "America’s Got Talent." Ram Bhagat will make presentation. The celebration will take place Feb. 9 at 1 p.m at the Main Library. The Get Lit collaboration of reluctant reader initiatives promotes engagement of urban youth with reading materials. The goal is to encourage the love of reading and foster the strengthening of skills for both female and male students to succeed in life. This year’s theme is Resilience. Books will be available for purchase. Panelists who will discuss Building Resilience in African American Youth will include Clarence “Bucky” McGill of the Syracuse 8, community organizer James Davis of the Raise Richmond Campaign, Quentin Stubbins and school librarian Tabitha Kirkland.