Aujourd’hui Kelly Starling Lyons embarks on a blog tour, to celebrate the third anniversary of her book One Million Men and Me, illustrated by Peter Ambush and published by the amazing, independent publishing house: Just Us Books.
Fact: On October 16, 1995, Black men made history in America. Coming from all horizons, cultures and professional backgrounds, a multitude gathered at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C. To borrow a sentence from the picture book, “They came to make changes, came to make themselves and their communities better.” The Nation of Islam leader, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, called it the Million Man March. His vision and initiative stroke a chord across the nation, and speakers such as Reverend Jesse Jackson, Mrs. Rosa Parks, Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Dr. Maya Angelou attended as well. The event has been described as a day full of respect, peace and love. It got a media coverage beyond American borders.
Today the aftermath of that march is still very much alive, and one of the bearers of its flame is none other than the remarkable picture book: One Million Men and Me.
The main character is a girl, and by girl I mean a princess. Notice the title? See how she isn’t lost in the crowd? How she’s found her place? Upon opening the book, the reader is greeted by the awareness of a little girl who senses that something important is about to happen. I enjoyed the voice Kelly Starling Lyons gave her main character. The child describes with simple yet powerful words what is happening around her. We are treated to the way the men relate to each other, we are invited to share a precious moment between a dad and his daughter. Thanks to the double-page spreads and gorgeous close-ups of Peter Ambush, we defy time and witness history being made all over again.
One Million Men and Me offers a great platform to celebrate the Civil Rights Movement while showcasing that change is made possible by people like you, me and a little girl who went to Washington, D.C. with her father fifteen years ago.
I would like to thank its author, Kelly Starling Lyons for her incredible generosity: She is our guest blogger this week and will share more about the inspiration behind One Million Men and Me this coming Thursday! 🙂
Join the party!
o Follow Kelly on her blog tour and enter for a chance to win t-shirts, posters and more! Show your support and enthusiasm by leaving comments on the blogs she will visit. As a matter of fact, today she is also featured on Together AsOne, a virtual haven that serves and celebrate the Black community.
o Kelly graciously donated a copy of One Million and Me. Thank you, Kelly! A lucky reader of the blog will be drawn on October 16 and win a copy of the book.
o Children are not left out of the festivities. Kelly’s blog will feature activities to download and enjoy. Day 1–today–is a coloring page of Nia and her dad. 🙂
On October 16, date marking the 15th anniversary of the Million Man March, Kelly will be at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. Storytime and reading hour: 11 a.m.
One Million Men and Me is available in a bookstore near you and at your local library, on the shelves or ready to order!
About the Author
Kelly Starling Lyons, a Pittsburgh native, is a children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. One Million Men and Me was her first picture book. She is also the author of NEATE: Eddie’s Ordealand has two forthcoming picture books with G. P. Putnam’s Sons. The first, Ellen’s Broom, debuts January 2012. The second, Tea Cakes for Tosh, comes out that fall.
For more information on Kelly Starling Lyons, click on the following links:
o Kelly’s Blog, Kuumba, for the complete schedule of her blog tour and to win prizes. The winners will be drawn on October 16!
o Kelly’s Website
o Kelly’s Facebook Page
Updated 10/18/2010 for giveaway winner
And the winner is….
Author Erin Dealy! Congratulations, Erin. Email sent regarding mailing arrangements. 🙂
Last update: 6/29/2011