BIOS of the Weatherfords


Carole Boston Weatherford

New York Times best-selling author Carole Boston Weatherford recently released Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe and R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. Her 50-plus books include the Caldecott Honor winners Freedom in Congo Square, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. She won a Coretta Scott King Author Honor for Becoming Billie Holiday, NAACP Image Awards for Moses and for Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, and an SCBWI Golden Kite and WNDB Walter Award for Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library. Among her most popular titles are Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins andThe Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip Hop. Baltimore-born, Weatherford teaches at Fayetteville State University In North Carolina.

Jeffery Weatherford

Illustrator and poet Jeffery Weatherford founded the online hip hop collective Triiibe Worldwide. His debut release, You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, was selected among the year’s best books by Kirkus Review, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council for the Social Studies and the New York Public Library. A teaching artist for the National Book Foundation, he has lectured, performed and conducted workshops in the U.S., Africa and the Middle East. His fine art has shown in North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia and Washington, D.C. He lives in his hometown of High Point, North Carolina.

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