Author Alice Faye Duncan on the true story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth 

Learn what it means to be free in a presentation by librarian and educator, Alice Faye Duncan, about Black activist Opal Lee and her vision of Juneteenth as a holiday for everyone that will inspire children to be brave.

The conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Copies of the book will be available for sale, courtesy of One More Page Books

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This program is part of the Library’s recognition of Juneteenth.

Monday, June 17, 2024
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Campbell Room
Shirlington Library
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About the Author: Alice Faye Duncan is a National Board educator, who writes books for young learners. She earned a Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of Tennessee--Knoxville. For 30 years, she served as an educator in the city of Memphis. As a motivational speaker and historian, Alice travels the nation, speaking to children and adults about the American Civil Rights Movement as it happened from 1955 to 1968. She has published 12 books with writing that is celebrated for its vivid imagery and musical lyricism. While she has retired from teaching,  Memphis remains her home. 

About the Book: Her Juneteenth book, Opal Lee and What It Means to be Free is a bestseller, having sold 85,000 copies since January 2022. Her popular works, Honey Baby Sugar Child and Just Like a Mama were nominated for an NAACP Image Award in Children's Literature during 2006 and 2020.  



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