One of the things I love about going to ALA conferences are the moments when I feel a great sense of connection with the library community. This morning as I sang with my fellow librarians at the CSK Book Awards Breakfast was one such moment.
Near the beginning of the ceremony the entire group stood and sang “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” along with the young vocalist, Riziki Covington. This musical prelude created a celebratory, joyful, and respectful atmosphere that remained throughout the event.
Several other moments stood out to me this morning, such as Jacqueline Woodson’s inspiring speech about the future of African-American children’s literature, as well as our society, and Andrea Pinkney’s humorous and humble speech of thanks and appreciation as she talked about her book, “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America.”
This was my second year attending this awards ceremony and I highly recommend it. Both years I have walked away humming a song and inspired to read and share more African-American children’s literature.