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.”
“As Nature Takes Over” by Langston Miller
Nature is the leaves, grass, and land.
Nature is the sea and sky.
Let her take over and thrive.
She will grow strong with you to the end.
She will be as strong as a tree and stand tall with you.
Believe and she will show her gratitude.
She is the soil that you use.
Take care of her and let her thrive.
She is one with you.
She is sky and breeze and the air we breathe.
She is the waves that crash to the shore.
She is the vines that grow over the old buildings and old signs.
She is the herbs that you cook with and put in your garden such as rosemary, pineapple sage, mint, and lavender.
Nature is the earth.
Nature takes over by taking spaces that are not needed to us
but letting her vines grow in places that are needed to her.
How do you take care of nature?
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James
From the publisher
This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber’s chair—a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That’s where it all begins.
My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera
From the publisher
After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can’t take any more, and she seeks guidance from her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie. Using the beautiful garden in the backyard as a metaphor, Miss Tillie shows Mackenzie that maintaining healthy hair is not a chore nor is it something to fear. Most importantly Mackenzie learns that natural black hair is beautiful.
Photo Credit: Mick Schulte