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Black History Month: Acclaimed picture book author to talk about segregation, social justice, writing

Posted February 6, 2018 3:24 p.m. EST

Horne is the subject of Carole Boston Weatherford's picture book, "The Legendary Miss Lena Horne."

To mark Black History Month, acclaimed picture book author Carole Boston Weatherford will participate in a couple of free and family-friendly events in the Triangle.

Weatherford, an English professor at Fayetteville State University, has won numerous awards for her picture books, including "Freedom in Congo Square," which was a Caldecott Honor Book last year, and is a New York Times best-selling author. Other books include "Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement," "Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library," "In Your Hands" and "The Legendary Miss Lena Horne."

Here's where she is scheduled to speak:

2 p.m., Feb. 24, at the Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh, for a program called Segregation, Social Justice and Civil Rights. The New York Times best-selling author and distinguished scholar discusses how our history and cultural evolution is shaped by slavery, segregation and social justice. Acclaimed for works of fiction and nonfiction speaking to both adults and children, Weatherford welcomes families and readers of all ages.

2 p.m.., Feb. 25, at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, for a program called Poetry and All That Jazz. Celebrate the poetry of music and musicians, from North Carolina–born jazz saxophonist John Coltrane to legendary entertainer and activist Lena Horne. This award-winning author of more than 50 books says, “Poetry makes music with words.” Feel the beat as she makes words sing!