SAVE THE DATE - An Evening for Celebration – Auburn & its expanding Spirit of Diversity and Inclusion – Part One…Part Two is coming, sooner than later!

November 1, 2018 will be a watershed moment for Auburn NY, City residents, and other CNY community members. On that day and evening, everyone will have the opportunity to embrace and recognize the diversity of African American creativity and thoughtful activism empowered and fueled in the present day by primarily women of color, as well as across culture women who decide to take action while remaining diligent in their efforts to bring truth to power in their positions of local leadership. With that said,

The Harriet Tubman Boosters (HTB) and Friends of Seymour Library ( will host noted and award winning children’s book author, poet, and audience recognized storyteller, Nikki Grimes at Stage Right, Auburn Public Theater,  8 Exchange Street in downtown Auburn NY on November 1, 2018 at 5:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public and will also feature a question and answer period with the featured presenter. Ms. Grimes will speak about
Dry Bones: Bringing Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony Back to Life 

“Grimes’ presentation and talk will enable her to read excerpts from Chasing Freedom, and share the inspiration that drove her years-long journey to bring Tubman and Anthony back to life in their own stories, and in their own voices, set against the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the Women's Suffrage Movement.” 

Nikki Grimes (Photo credit:  Aaron Lemen)
This is a talk that “History’s Hometown” residents will want to hear and not miss.
So what else do you need to know?

Nikki Grimes does not consider herself a bona fide storyteller, but, as she told an audience at the Library of Congress, she is happy to own the title Poet. Born and raised in New York City, Nikki began composing verse at the age of six and has been writing ever since that time.

New York Times bestselling author, [she] is the recipient of the 2017 Children's Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the much-honored books Garvey's Choice, ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, Words with Wings, and The Road to Paris. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

In addition to her work for children, Ms. Grimes has written articles for such magazines as “Essence,” “Today's Christian Woman,” “Book Links,” and “Image, Journal of Arts & Religion.”

An accomplished and widely anthologized poet of both children's and adult verse, Grimes has conducted poetry readings and lectures at international schools in Russia, China, Sweden and Tanzania, while short-term mission projects have taken her to such trouble spots as Haiti.
During the 1970s, Nikki coproduced and hosted The Kid's Show on WBAI FM in New York. Later, during a six-year stint in Sweden, she hosted their radio program for immigrants, Grunslöst, and another for Swedish Educational Radio.

In 2005, Ms. Grimes was awarded the Golden Dolphin Award by the Southern California Children's Book Association, recognizing her body of work.
Nikki has been honored with the NCTE Award for Poetry and the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award from Kent State University. In 2017, she was presented with the Children's Literature Legacy Award for her "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children." 

This event is made possible through the efforts of Anne Mlod, Laurel Ullyette, and Angela Daddabbo (Auburn Public Theater,) as well as their colleagues who are the Harriet Tubman Boosters and Friends of Seymour Library. So what else is HTB doing?

Watch out for Part Two of this blog posting later this weekend!!!


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