Juneteenth & It's Relevance in 2022 W/ Activist & Author Alice Faye Duncan

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Happy Juneteenth with Alice Faye Duncan!

In honor of Juneteenth, we went live with activist and children's author, Alice Faye Duncan. Alice has recently published her children's book, Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth which was illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo. ⁠ ⁠ Before publishing her beautifully illustrated and easy-to-read children's book, Alice interviewed Opal Lee to learn more about her story. Opal Lee’s story celebrates Black joy and inspires children to chase their dreams while learning the history of Juneteenth and how it became a federal holiday.⁠

About Alice Faye Duncan

Alicia Faye Duncan is a children’s book author and school librarian. Before her career began, Duncan attended the University of Tennessee and received her undergraduate degree in library and information science. After being awarded a minority fellowship by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, she continued her education and received her MLIS.

Before graduating with her master's, she wrote, “Willie Jerome” for her children’s literature class. The story was about a talented young trumpeter who shares his gift with the community. Although her professor’s feedback wasn’t as positive as she would have hoped, she continuously revised it. After submitting it to 25 publications, she finally received an offer from Macmillan. As of today, Duncan has been a school librarian for 29 years and has published several children’s books.

Through her illustrated children’s books, she teaches young learners numerous important lessons. She also speaks to students about the civil rights movement and leads writing workshops.

About Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth

Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth is a picture book biography illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo. This biography, tells the life of Opal Lee. Now 96 years old, Opal Lee, spent years collecting signatures to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.

Before writing, Duncan was given the exciting opportunity to speak with Opal Lee herself. Through their conversation, she came to better understand and appreciate all of the incredible things Opal achieved throughout her life. Duncan’s book, tells the story of Juneteenth and all of the forgotten historical moments along the way that Opal Lee made to make it a federal holiday on June 15th, 2021.

The book also includes a recipe for red Juneteenth Cookies. These delicious cookies can be enjoyed on various holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, Mother’s Day, Juneteenth, and Christmas!

Let’s learn more of the history behind Juneteenth together as Women.com goes live with Ig: @alicefayewrites.

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