Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Carole Boston Weatherford

Events: A Celebration of Harriet Tubman

Book: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

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Carole Boston Weatherford is a poet and children’s book author who celebrates African-American traditions through stories, poems, and pictures. Since her literary debut with Juneteenth Jamboree in 1995, her books have received many literary honors. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, won a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, and an NAACP Image Award. Her other award-winning books include The Sound that Jazz Makes, Freedom on the Menu, and Remember the Bridge.

In the lyrical text of Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, Carole Boston Weatherford describes Tubman’s spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her North to freedom and escape from the brutal practice of enforced servitude. Tubman would take nineteen subsequent trips back, but none as profound as this first. Her bravery and relentless pursuit of freedom are a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Mixing rhythm, rhyme, music, and motion, Carole’s interactive programs appeal to a wide range of children and adults. During her presentations, audiences chant, clap, and play percussion to stories and poems; they learn that poetry makes music with words; they explore African-American history; and they get jazzed about reading and writing!