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Eloise Greenfield Day: A 40th Anniversary Celebration of Honey, I Love and Other Poems

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Sankofa Video & Books presents

Eloise Greenfield Day: A 40th Anniversary Celebration of ‘Honey, I Love and Other Poems’

April 22, 2018




Contact: Jada F. Smith - 832-656-2654



Washington, D.C. -- Sankofa Video and Books, the largest purveyor of African-American children’s literature in the District, is celebrating the work of renowned children’s book author Eloise Greenfield and the 40th anniversary of her seminal collection, Honey, I Love and Other Poems.


Eloise Greenfield Day will take place on Sunday, April 22, 2018, honoring the author’s lifelong efforts to portray positive, realistic images of African American communities in literature. The program begins at 2 pm with a selection of poems read by local elementary school students; a live jazz rendition of Honey, I Love; a tribute from renowned illustrator and Mrs. Greenfield's longtime collaborator, Jan Spivey Gilchrist; a conversation between Mrs. Greenfield and her daughter, Monica; a presentation by Mrs. Greenfield entitled, "Words and Music," and a signing of her forthcoming book, PAR-TAY!: Dance of the Veggies And Their Friends (Alazar Press).  


In addition to Eloise Greenfield Day on April 22, Sankofa will be hosting a suite of events from April 16-21 that  invites the entire D.C. community to take part in Mrs. Greenfield’s 40th anniversary fete. Follow @sankofadc on Twitter and Instagram as we ask people to complete the hashtag, #HoneyILove ____, by sharing what they love about themselves, their families and their communities. People of all ages are invited to recall and record moments from their childhood for the ChildTimes Oral History Project, inspired by Mrs. Greenfield’s lyrical memoir, ChildTimes, which she wrote with her mother, Lessie Jones Little, to preserve the lives and communities of times past for future generations. In addition, the ChildTimes Oral History Project will be accompanied by an Oral History Workshop on Wednesday, April 18, conducted by Kelly Navies, Oral History Specialist with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Mrs. Greenfield was recently awarded the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award (February 2018) from the American Library Association — one of many recognitions she has received throughout her career. The author of nearly 50 picture books, novels, poetry and biographies, Eloise set out to give young people words that nourish the spirit — “words to love, to grow on.” Much of Mrs. Greenfield’s work is inspired by her childhood growing up in Washington, D.C.’s Langston Terrace housing project. She has been giving back to the city that raised her since the genesis of her career, as she was influential with the District of Columbia Black Writers' Workshop, became a writer-in-residence at the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 1985-86 and taught creative writing in schools under grants from the Commission.

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