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Visiting Authors

The duo spoke about their collaborative efforts in creating the book You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen to Primary School and 7th grade students. Carole also presented other books such as Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic NeighborhoodThe Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the Pillars of Hip Hop, and for 7th graders, Voice of Freedom: Frannie Lou Hammer. Carole and Jefferey both shared stories of when they were young and how each became a writer and artist respectively. Carole shared a poem she wrote in the first grade while Jeffery shared a self-portrait from elementary school. Both author and illustrator spoke about using extensive historical research for their work and use of primary sources for inspiration. Carole’s intention is to create stories with African-American main characters and to provide children with books that weren’t available when she was growing up.