Schele Williams and Tonya Engel - Your Legacy (Online Event)

Schele Williams & Tonya Engel

Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History

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Tues., Sept. 28 • 4:00pm PT • Live • Online

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A proud, empowering introduction to African American history that celebrates and honors enslaved ancestor.

Your story begins in Africa. 
Your African ancestors defied the odds and survived 400 years of slavery in America and passed down an extraordinary legacy to you.

Beginning in Africa before 1619, Your Legacy presents an unprecedentedly accessible, empowering, and proud introduction to African American history for children. While your ancestors’ freedom was taken from them, their spirit was not; this book celebrates their accomplishments, acknowledges their sacrifices, and defines how they are remembered—and how their stories should be taught.

Schele Williams is a Brooklyn-based director committed to cultivating new musicals and devised work. She is the director of the revival of Aida for Disney Theatrical Group, Mandela: The Musical, and Indigo. She has directed at regional theaters and festivals across the country and has a long history of work on Broadway in Rent, Aida, and Motown: The Musical. Passionate about pairing social justice with the arts, Schele is a founding member of Black Theatre United, an organization committed to dismantling systemic racism on our streets and stages. She has been a member of Broadway Inspiration Voices for more than two decades and serves on the board.

Tonya Engel is a self-taught artist living in Houston, Texas.  Folk artists of the deep South have influenced her work, as well as contemporary masters such as Marc Chagall, Frida Kahlo, Romare Bearden, and Gistav Klimt.  Her bold style is figurative, textured, colorful, and ripe with symbolism.  Engel made a spectacular debut in children's publishing with her illustrations in Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou, written by Bethany Hegadus and published by Lee & Low Books in 2019, and the recently published My Hair is Magic! by M.I. Marroquin.


Schele Williams photo by Brent Dundore; Tonya Engel photo courtesy of the author



Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History By Schele Williams, Tonya Engel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Schele Williams, Tonya Engel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419748752
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021