Interactive Multimedia Programs Mix Poetry, Storytelling, Music & Movement


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CBW Bio One Sheet

Jeff Weatherford School Visit Brochure

Jeff College Programs Brochure 2017

Jeff Weatherford Program Options

Joint Author/Illustrator Brochure

Hip Hop Tech Workshop

A TYPICAL PRESENTATION (*denotes elements for joint author/illustrator visit)

  • Warm up poem
  • Slide show of poems or art* created when Jeffery and I were children
  • Pep talk about practice, preparation and perseverance
  • Poetry performance or book talk/reading of feature book(s)
  • Art demo by Jeffery*
  • Q&A about writing, art* and publishing or about the feature book’s historical context
  • Slide show of publishing process and writing tips (if time permits and grade appropriate)
  • Optonal writing or art activity (if in a workshop setting)

Most programs are based on poetry and nonfiction books that connect the language arts and social studies curricula. All programs are interactive and employ multimedia. Programs can be adapted as teacher or parent workshops. Here are some new and popular themes and related books.

The Tuskegee Airmen-You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen

Primary Source Images as Prompts-Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America; Remember the Bridge Poems of a People

Slavery, Segregation & Social JusticeMoses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom; Freedom in Congo Square; Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins; Birmingham, 1963; Sink or Swim: African American Lifesavers of the Outer Banks

The Harlem Renaissance, Poetry &  JazzSugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood; The Sound that Jazz Makes; Becoming Billie Holiday; Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane; Jazz Baby; The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Biographies–Meet pioneering leaders, entertainers, artists and athletes who broke racial barriers and achieved against the odds. Luminaries like Barack and Michelle Obama, Leontyne Price, Jesse Owens, Matthew Henson, Arturo Schomburg and Negro League baseball players.

Writing Workshops-Try writing blues, hip hop or protest song lyrics; recipe poems, reviews or letters inspired by primary source photographs. Workshops and master classes for children’s book creators.

Ask about joint author-illustrator visits with Jeffery Weatherford.

FEES: $1500 (local) to $2000 (out-of-town/overnight) travel expenses additional. Keynotes-$2500. Download current brochures above.

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