Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood - A Conversation about James Baldwin

Date & Time
Saturday, December 15, 2018 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
No Registration Required
About this Event
Venue: African American History and Culture Museum Event Location: Oprah Winfrey Theater Cost: FREE (Registration Recommended)  Get Tickets: James Baldwin’s only children’s book, Little Man, Little Man, chronicles the intricacies of African American childhood through the lens of 1970’s Harlem, and family life. Little Man, Little Man was originally published in 1976 by Dial Press and charmingly illustrated by French artist Yoran Cazac. Baldwin based the work on his nephew Tejan Karefa-Smart, and niece, Aisha Karefa-Smart, who were then children. Duke University Press re-released the book in 2018, edited and with an introduction by Nicholas Boggs and Jennifer DeVere Brody. The upcoming program will feature noted actor and childhood literacy advocate LeVar Burton with Aisha Karefa-Smart, Judith Thurman and Allyson Criner Brown in a discussion of Baldwin’s work, life, and the timeliness of the re-release of Little Man, Little Man. Books will be for sale and signing courtesy of Smithsonian Books. Registration is encouraged, though walk-ups are welcomed. Doors open at 4:00pm. A short reception will follow at the conclusion of the program. About the Early Childhood Education Initiative at NMAAHC The Center for Early Childhood Education supports understanding and development of each child’s healthy racial identity, their joy in human diversity and inclusion, their sense of justice, and their capacity to act for their own and others’ fair treatment. In partnership with families and educators, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is in a unique position to support the youngest members of our society by providing age-appropriate programming for children; resources for adults at the museum and online; professional development opportunities for educators; and research-based publications.

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