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Brown Gold: African-American Children’s Literature as a Genre of Resistance

Date: Thu. February 18th, 2016, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A, 11038 Bellflower Rd.



Michelle Martin, PhD
Professor of Children’s Literature, University of South Carolina

In 1969 Langston Hughes’s Black Misery was published posthumously, a children’s book that speaks candidly about the discrimination and misfortunes that African-American children face daily. Considered the “fathers” of contemporary African-American children’s literature, Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps wrote not just for Black children but for all children and set a precedent of resistance within the genre. Dr. Martin, Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy, will trace the tradition of resistance in African-American children’s literature, beginning with early publications such as the Brownies’ Book Magazine up through several recent works of African-American children’s and Young Adult literature. Implications for teaching and creating opportunities for building literacy in childhood and adolescence will be discussed.


Deborah McHamm, President and CEO
A Cultural Exchange

Cara Byrne, PhD Candidate
CWRU Department of English

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The Schubert Center Conversation Series connects CWRU faculty, students and staff, visiting researchers, practice and policy experts, and community members whose work impacts children, young people, and families. This years series is “All Our Children: Healthy Inside and Out.”

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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