OUR VOICE: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Book Awards

March 11 through May 23, 2021

Kathleen Atkins Wilson (1993 Coretta Scott King Award Winner)
The Origin of Life on Earth, Introduction page
Print, 1992

L.C. and Margaret Walker Gallery A

The Coretta Scott King Award is presented annually by the American Library Association (ALA) to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and teens that contribute to an understanding and appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Our Voice, organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature and ALA, features original artworks by past award winners Jerry Pinkney, Ashley Bryan, and Bryan Collier, Leo and Diane Dillon, Kadir Nelson, Sharon Bell Mathis, Nancy Devard, and many others. Our Voice celebrates this important award and explores the ways in which artists can educate and elevate, offering us new perspectives and opening our eyes to the world and the experiences of our neighbors, inviting greater understanding and unity.

John Steptoe (1988 Coretta Scott King Award winner)
Wedding festivities, from Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
Watercolor on paper, 1987

Michele Wood (1999 Coretta Scott King Award Winner)
I See the Rhythm, Rhythm & Blues / Soul Music (Pg. 24)
Acrylic paint on canvas and mixed media, 1998

Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature and the American Library Association

Underwritten by THE FOLKERT FAMILY FOUNDATION

Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio


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Virtual Story Telling with Dads on Deck

Enjoy virtual story times hosted by the Muskegon Museum of Art with Dads on Deck members Jay Kilgo, Andre Pierce, and Norman Young.

These videos were produced by the Muskegon Museum of Art in conjunction with the OUR VOICE: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Book Awards exhibition, on display from March 11, 2021 – May 23, 2021. Video production by Stories by CL. Made in partnership with Dads on Deck, Great Start Muskegon and Read Early, Read Often. With Special thanks to Norman Young, Andre Pierce, and Jay Kilgo.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

This virtual story time hosted by the Muskegon Museum of Art features Dads on Deck member Jay Kilgo reading Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James. Premieres APRIL 8, 5:00 pm.

Beautiful Blackbird

This virtual storytime hosted by the Muskegon Museum of Art features Dads on Deck member Andre Pierce reading Beautiful Blackbird written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan. Premieres APRIL 15, 5:00 pm.

Josephine

This virtual storytime hosted by the Muskegon Museum of Art features Dads on Deck member Norman Young reading Josephine written by Patricia Hruby and illustrated by Christian Robinson. Both parts premiere APRIL 22, 5:00 pm.

PART 1

PART 2