Juneteenth: Carole Boston Weatherford and Rhiannon Giddens on the History and Significance of the Holiday

Juneteenth: Carole Boston Weatherford and Rhiannon Giddens on the History and Significance of the Holiday

Wednesday, May 31st, 2:00pm CDT

Join a conversation between prolific author Carole Boston Weatherford and Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens about Juneteenth. They will speak directly to educators about how we can help young people understand the history and the importance of the holiday. Rhiannon Giddens’ new picture book, Build a House, tells the moving story of a resilient people and the music that sustained them. We are very excited to bring Carole and Rhiannon together in what we know will be an important and joyful conversation.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who attend this webinar. A recording will be posted to Mackin.com for those who cannot participate in the live session.

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Carole Boston Weatherford


Carole Boston Weatherford, a New York Times bestselling author and poet, was named the 2019 Washington Post Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award winner. Her numerous books for children include the Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, illustrated by Floyd Cooper; the Caldecott Honor books Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, which was also a Robert F. Sibert Honor book; the critically acclaimed Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, illustrated by Eric Velasquez; and the Newbery Honor book BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom, illustrated by Michele Wood. Weatherford lives in North Carolina.

Rhiannon Giddens


Rhiannon Giddens cofounded the Grammy Award–winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Black female band, Our Native Daughters. She is the recipient of a 2022 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album for her collaboration with Francesco Turrisi on They’re Calling Me Home, and she has been nominated for additional Grammys as a soloist and collaborator. A musician, singer, songwriter, actor, librettist, and MacArthur Fellow, her many roles and honors include serving as artistic director at Silkroad and performing for the Obamas at the White House. Giddens is the author of the picture book Build a House, illustrated by Monica Mikai, and lives in Ireland.

Kia Heise, Ph.D. – Host

Mackin Learning

Kia Heise holds a doctorate in sociology and taught in Los Angeles and the Twin Cities for several years before joining Mackin Learning. Her approach is informed by thousands of hours learning how to navigate discussions of social inequality with diverse groups of young people. She is also the author of the Little Sock picture books.