Recent and Upcoming Motivational Presentations

* Wilson Elementary School, Richmond, CA, Kindergarten and 1st grades, reading THE BLACKER THE BERRY, May 12, 2009

*ALA American Library Association's Coretta Scott King Book Awards, presentation and book signing, Chicago, Illinois July 12-17, 2009

*Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame: Joyce Carol Thomas inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame by Oklahoma Secretary of State,  at the Philbrook Museum, October 6, 2009, for more information contact Teresa Miller at 918-594-8215.  Joyce will be in Oklahoma October 5-7, 2009

*The Old Time School of Folk Music, Children K-3rd grade, Chicago, Illinois, April 3, 2009

*Martin Luther King Celebration and Barack Obama's Washington, DC Inauguration Celebration,  January 20, 2009

*Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Museum in Columbia, Maryland, Diana Swann-Wright, Curator January 16-18, 2009

*Youth Literature Festival, University of Illinois, Champaign Illinois
College of Education October 3-4, 2008,presentation and booksigning of  25th anniversary of Marked by Fire, Blacker the Berry, & All books

*California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA, "Is She Pretty?" Emphasis on Self-Esteem, attended by Males and Females, including a banquet, booksigning of  25th anniversary of Marked by Fire & Crowning Glory

*Georgia State Unversity, GA "The Zora Neale Hurston Big Read" attended by students and teachers, including a book signing of Zora Neale Hurston's The Three Witches & Six Fools as well as The Gospel Cinderella

*University of San Diego, CA "Black Story Tellers" : "Engaging Students Through the Art of Storytelling, including Zora Neale Hurston's What's the Hurry Fox?"

*Arizona State University, AZ "Loving Writing", attended by students and their families: Emphasis on "How to Grade Your Own Self Esteem", including the African American History favorite, Linda Brown You Are Not Alone, The Brown v. Board of Education Decision

*Oakland, CA Crocker Highlands Book Fair: Exploring the Art of Writing and How to Laugh your Way to Great Grades, including The Skull Talks Back Thomas' adaptation of the Zora Neale Hurston story
Blacker the Berry art: Floyd Cooper 

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Joyce Carol Thomas
Reader Young Maya with Joyce
Champaign, Illinois Youth Festival
University of Illinois
School of Education 2008