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The California African American Museum Celebrates National Children’s Book Week

Storytelling with Art Evans (Photo Credit: Earl Dotson)

The California African American Museum (CAAM) celebrated National Children’s Book Week with the literacy event Heads are Turning, Children are Learning on Saturday, May 18.  Event co-hosts included actor Thomas Hobson of The Fresh Beat Band; actress Niketa Calame of The Lion King (animation); and actor Donis Leonard, Jr. from Showtime’s House of Lies.

During the literary event, renowned children’s author and illustrator Kadir Nelson was on hand and several noted celebrities read from his books.  Participating celebrities who read to children on the main stage in CAAM’s Courtyard included actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who read from Nelson’s book “Nelson Mandela” and actress Deidrie Henry, who read from Nelson’s book about Michael Jordan “Salt in His Shoes.”  In addition, actress and choreographer Debbie Allen read from her book “Dancing in the Wings.”

Many local authors also read from their books including Bunny Hull, Quentin Holmes, Cassadra Black, A.K. Usafi, Lesley A. Anderson and Calida Garcia Rawles. Local authors will read in the CAAM galleries. Other activities included live performances, art workshops and face painting. Also there were book, poster and art-kit giveaways. In addition, Eso Won Books, an independent Black-owned bookstore, was on site selling the books included in the program.  Adults were not been left out in this day of literacy, as the Los Angeles Public Library hosted a table providing public library information and adult literacy.

For more information about CAAM and its exhibitions, programs and events, please visit: or call (213) 744-7432.

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