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The Ivy is thrilled to welcome award-winning author Kelly Starling Lyons, whose book Sing a Song tells a story about the generations of families who gained hope and strength from the inspiring words in the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” considered to be the Black National Anthem.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us.
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us.
In Jacksonville, Florida, two brothers, one of them the principal of a segregated, all-Black school, wrote the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” so his students could sing it for a tribute to Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in 1900. From that moment on, the song has provided inspiration and solace for generations of Black families. Mothers and fathers passed it on to their children who sang it to their children and grandchildren. Known as the Black National Anthem, it has been sung during major moments of the Civil Rights Movement, at family gatherings and college graduations, and recently before every NFL Week 1 game.
Kelly Starling Lyons is an award-winning author whose titles for children span easy readers, picture books, chapter books, fiction, nonfiction and series. For more than a decade, Kelly has been creating inspiring books that center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship and heritage, and show all children the storyteller they hold inside. Her acclaimed titles also include Going Down Home with Daddy, Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon, Tiara's Hat Parade and the Jada Jones chapter book series. Her new easy reader series with illustrator Nina Mata debuted September 1. The first book, Ty's Travels: All Aboard!, earned a starred Kirkus review. Kelly is a founding member of The Brown Bookshelf, which is dedicated to raising awareness of Black children's book creators, a Raleigh-Durham co-ambassador for The Authors Guild, and a teaching artist who visits schools, libraries, conferences and festivals nationwide. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and children.
TIME & DATE
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 6:30pm