National Children’s Book Week at California African American Museum
By Ricky Richardson
Los Angeles-National Children’s Book Week was celebrated with a marvelous program at the California African American Museum. Literacy Day was celebrated with a program entitled “Heads are Turning; Children are Learning, Saturday, May 17, 2014.
An attentive crowd of young kids were treated to a fun-filled day of activities designed to promote literacy. Art projects, workshops, face paintings, live performances, and Public Library Info table, The Griot: Michael McCarty, Storyteller as well as local authors were on site for readings and signings: Yasmin Christian- Ava had a Bad Hair Day, Valerie Wicks- Into the Red World & The Orange World Outlaw.
The Center Theatre Group presented a special performance of August Wilson Monologue Competition High School Finalist.
The California African American Museum honored Morrie Turner, creator of Wee Pals cartoon strip.
The program featured two young celebrity host, Donis Leonard Jr., actor “House of Lies” and Eban Williamson, actress, “A Typical Family” (TV Pilot) to introduce the celebrity authors. Synthia Saint James read To Dinner for Dinner.
Karen Malina White read Thunder Rose. You know the name of this film and television actress for her role on the final two seasons of The Cosby Show as well as the final season of A Different World.
Deidrie Henry read Mama Miti. This is another famous actress you are familiar with in Beautiful Boy (2010), Beyond the Blackboard (2011), A.K.A. (2006). Still doesn’t ring a bell, you might know her as Annie, The Popeye’s Lady.
Stay with me now that I have your attention. Jackee Harry read Brothers of the Knight. Followed by Darryl Alan Reed to read Be Patient, Abdul. Mr. Reed is another actor that you should know for (500) Days of Summer (2009), Sweet Lowdown (1999), and The American President (1995).
Every kid in attendance was delighted to go home with a handful/bag full of books. Visit www.caamuseum.org or call (213)744-7432 for more information about events, exhibits and programs at CAAM.