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Virtual children's literature event #KidLit4BlackLivesCanada aims to 'educate, empower and heal'

The event will take place on June 19, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET. It will feature stories, songs, reflections, poetry and words from predominantly Black Canadian authors for young people and allies for equity and justice.
Nadia L. Hohn will host the virtual rally #KidLit4BlackLivesCanada. (Elizabeth Dungan)

Canadian author and educator Nadia L. Hohn is set to host a virtual children's literature rally which "aims to educate, empower and heal."

In response to incidents of police brutality, anti-Black racism and other forms of racial oppression, Hohn has organized #KidLit4BlackLivesCanada.

The event, set to take place on June 19, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET, will feature stories, songs, reflections, poetry and words from predominantly Black Canadian authors for young people and allies for equity and justice.

Hohn is the author of several picture books, including Malaika's Winter Carnival and Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter.  

The lineup includes Catherine Hernandez, author of the novel Scarborough; SK Ali author of the YA novel Saints & Misfits; Janice Lynn Mather, author of the YA novel Learning to Breathe; Zetta Elliott, author of the Dragons in the Bag series; Robyn Maynard, author of the nonfiction book Policing Black Lives; Jael Richardson, founder of the Festival of Literary Diversity and author of the children's book The Stone Thrower; and A Different Booklist owner Itah Sadu.

#KidLit4BlackLivesCanada is modelled after a program called #KidLit4BlackLives, organized in the United States by African American authors.

The #KidLit4BlackLives rally, hosted by The Brown Bookshelf, was held on June 4, 2020. 

The event was led by poet and children's fiction writer Kwame Alexander, children's and young adult author Jacqueline Woodson and YA novelist and poet Jason Reynolds.

The Canadian counterpart event will include children's programming scheduled for 7:00-7:45 p.m. ET, a lineup for teens from 7:45-8:15 p.m. ET and for parents, educators and librarians at 8:15-9:00 p.m. ET.

The online rally will stream on Facebook Live and Zoom.

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