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Dreaming in Color: Liberation Station Virtual Storytime
The third Friday of each month, tune in for stories from the beautiful NCMA galleries. Victoria Scott-Miller of Liberation Station bookstore offers a series of readings and book recommendations for young people and their families, using art and literature to build bridges. These recorded videos will be added to the event page at 9 am and will remain accessible on the NCMA YouTube channel.
Scott-Miller says, “Our Dreaming in Color series was created to represent and celebrate the vastness of Black culture and innovation while highlighting narratives such as joy, community, tradition, and leadership. Our selections unearth identifiable childhood experiences as a connecting point to explore with the authors, illustrators, and children who hold us accountable to share these stories . . . Dreaming in Color teaches us how to exist everywhere, how to take up as much room as possible; boldly and unapologetically.”
Langston's poetry selection:
“I Think I’ll Call It Morning,” by Gil Scott-Heron
“I love the rhythm of this piece, and I also love the way Gil Scott-Heron said that he doesn’t have to live the way the world expects—and that one can create one’s own path. How the morning can be created over and over again in our own way.”
Grandma’s Purse, written and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Spend the day with a grandma and granddaughter in this charming picture book about the magic found in their favorite accessory.
When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats ... and her purse. You never know what she'll have in there—fancy jewelry, tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It might look like a normal bag from the outside, but Mimi and her granddaughter know that it's pure magic!
In this adorable, energetic ode to visits from grandma, beloved picture book creator Vanessa Brantley Newton shows how an ordinary day can become extraordinary.
Tar Beach, written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold
Ringgold recounts the dream adventure of eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot, who flies above her apartment building rooftop, the “tar beach” of the title, looking down on 1939 Harlem. Part autobiographical, part fictional, this allegorical tale sparkles with symbolic and historical references central to African American culture. The spectacular artwork resonates with color and texture. Children will delight in the universal dream of mastering one’s world by flying over it.
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