Promoting African American Writers

Library Partnerships for Outreach, Programming, and Literacy

by Grace M. Jackson-Brown


Helps a wide variety of librarians and teachers to develop programming that includes African American authors and multicultural themes.

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August 2020

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Pages 150
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Children's and Young Adult Services/Multicultural Populations
  Management and Administration/Marketing and Promotion
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Learn how to successfully develop diverse programming through reading books by African American authors, and how to build strong partnerships among libraries, public organizations, and academic departments for multicultural outreach.

Promoting African American Writers is written for librarians and others who are committed to developing programming that promotes reading of books by African American authors and books with multicultural themes. It is an outreach guide to be used by librarians, other educators, and community service advocates to develop educational programming that helps young people find their voices. It supports creativity and teaching of critical thinking skills to youth through literature. 

Grace Jackson-Brown is an academic librarian with more than 25 years of professional experience and a personal passion for developing educational cultural library programming. Over the years, her efforts forged mutual working bonds between institutions of higher learning with community organizations in the spirit of community engagement and for the goals of promoting diversity and reading to K-16 youth. In this book, she teaches readers how to duplicate her efforts and build fruitful partnerships of their own.


  • Readers will find information for developing K–16 youth programs around diversity and reading that are fun and educational
  • Readers will discover outreach ideas that involve academic librarians' involvement in community engagement and service projects
  • Readers will learn important elements for building successful collaborative partnerships from case study examples of community advocates, K-16 administrators, classroom instructors, and librarians working together in support of literacy and diversity programming
Author Info

Grace M. Jackson-Brown is an associate professor for research and instruction at Missouri State University Libraries in Springfield, Missouri. She is chairperson of the Springfield African American Read-In and recipient of the 2014 Zora Neale Hurston Award for promoting African American literature and the Educational Partnership Award of the NAACP Springfield Chapter. Her career spans more than twenty-five years as an academic librarian, much of it devoted to library outreach diversity programming. She holds a master's degree in library and information management from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, and a PhD in mass communication from Indiana University - Bloomington.

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