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Thank you Paula for this post.

Mrs. King has been a source of inspiration and hope for many generations of young women. She is home with the Lord now and with Martin, and that is a comfort. As a librarian, I can remember a time when there were no children's books including African American kids in any meaningful way. It makes a difference for children to see kids in their books that look like them. It makes the books come alive and speak to them in a more profound way. Mrs. King and the American Library Association have made a change that blesses us all.

I love, The People Could Fly, Her Stories: African American Folk Tales, Fairy Tales and True Tales, Uncle Jed's Barbershop, and Working Cotton. There are many others, but these are ones I had to have in my own personal library.

Some of the good folks from Columbia were our neighbors, and it gives us comfort to see people remember them.


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