This exhibit, Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas. Named for the author, civil rights activist and wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, these awards recognize the works of outstanding African American authors and illustrators and uphold the vital importance of children’s literature that celebrates African American life and culture.
Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) for books about the African American experience, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards are among the brightest acknowledgments of children’s literature on America’s cultural landscape. The awards commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honor his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
In 2010, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards expanded to include the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Presented to children’s book creators and practitioners who are involved in the active engagement of using award-winning African American children’s literature to spark the imaginations of young minds through literacy-related activities and programs. The recipient of the first Virginia Hamilton Award was Walter Dean Myers.
PHOTO: 1993 Winner: Kathleen Atkins Wilson, Introduction page from The Origin of Life on Earth, 1992, Print