I was excited to attend the premier broadcast of the 52nd annual Coretta Scott King Book Award celebration this morning.
While this event hosted on YouTube did not equal the excitement of an in-person gathering, it was wonderful to share the experience virtually, and to hear the winners offer not only their thanks for having their books recognized with a Coretta Scott King award, but also offer personal stories as to why they wrote the book or issues of societal impact related to their titles. Passionate and powerful, affirming and challenging, filled with both calls to action and personal statements… I was profoundly moved by the sincerity and truth of their words.
I tried to think of how I could encapsulate this ceremony and the words spoken, and decided I really just wanted to encourage you to watch and enjoy the speeches yourself. It is available to view at https://youtu.be/0bFLbnvSc7c. I am sure that, like me, you will find it to be both inspiring and thought-provoking, as well as time very well spent.
To learn more about the Coretta Scott King Awards, including a complete list of this year’s winners, visit https://www.ala.org/rt/emiert/cskbookawards.