Jacqueline Woodson


#VelshiBannedBookClub: ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ with Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson’s “Brown Girl Dreaming” is the first book of prose to be featured on the #VelshiBannedBookClub. It is autobiographical – following Woodson’s childhood as a “brown girl” in the late 60s and 70s, split between segregated Greenville, South Carolina and New York City. Jacqueline grapples with her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement, her identity and individuality, as well as the power of community. Woodson vividly and skillfully captures the mind of a young person searching for sure footing in a fragmented world. It is widely celebrated, winning the prestigious National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2014 as well as a Newbery Honor Award, and the NAACP Image Award. “I’m always surprised when people want to keep stories from young people,” says Woodson on book banning. “Which, of course, shows us the power of these stories.”July 24, 2022.
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Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson speaks at Mount Union

The University of Mount Union recently welcomed author Jacqueline Woodson to Alliance for the Eckler Lecture. Woodson has written dozens of books for adults and children. She is also a four-time Newbery Honor winner, four-time National Book Award finalist and also the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award recipient, among many other accolades. After the lecture, Woodson answered questions and signed books, including "Brown Girl Dreaming."
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Monday Morning Politics with Kai Wright; Schomburg Center's Joy Bivins; Your Memories of MLK; Jacqueline Woodson; When Did You First ‘See Yourself’ in a Book?

Kai Wright, host of the WNYC podcast The United States of Anxiety, talks about the push for voting rights in the United States today and in history. Joy Bivins, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, talks about her first year leading the Center, current and upcoming exhibits, and how the organization is adapting to the pandemic.
Literary Hub

WATCH: Myisha Cherry and Jacqueline Woodson Discuss the Liberatory Possibilities of Lordean Rage

In her new book, The Case for Rage, philosopher Myisha Cherry turns popular prejudices about anger on their head and argues for anger’s utility—and importance—in the fight against injustice. Anger has a bad reputation. As a “negative emotion”, it’s seen by many as counterproductive, distracting, and destructive, and coming from people of color, the signs of anger can take on even more sinister connotations, stirring up stereotypes, hatred, or violence in turn. But Cherry argues that in fact the transformative and liberatory power of anger—what she terms “Lordean rage”—is crucial to the anti-racist struggle and challenging the status quo.
Notre Dame & Saint Mary Observer

Saint Mary’s welcomes Jacqueline Woodson for annual Christian Culture Lecture

This year’s annual Christian Culture Lecture featured author Jacqueline Woodson, who spoke on the power literature has on children and participated in a question-and-answer session with College President Katie Conboy. Conboy introduced Woodson, who as a child, was known to write on places such as on walls and in books...