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Black Lives Matter Book of the Week

Posted on: October 14, 2022

Inheritance: A Visual Poem

Inheritance

by Elizabeth Acevedo; illustrated by Andrea Pippins

As we approach the end of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15), let's shine a light on Afro-Dominican author Elizabeth Acevedo. Acevedo is the author of The Poet X, which was the winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, as well as the winner of the esteemed YA Printz Award in 2019. Acevedo's most recent release is a beautifully illustrated version of her popular spoken word poem, Inheritance, which celebrates Black hair while acknowledging a history deep with prejudice. This short 48-page work packs a punch and powerfully speaks to the intersectionality of being a Black Hispanic woman.

Join us for a Latino/a/x/e Heritage Month Celebration in Kendrick Park this Saturday, October 15 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. There will be food, performances, and activities for all ages throughout the afternoon. The Jones Library will have a selection of books celebrating Latinx heritage at the program to browse and borrow, including this one.

See the Jones Library Antiracism Book List for recommended titles for all ages.

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