On July 1st, Walter Dean Myers passed away. With over one hundred books published, many award winners, he was a luminary in children’s and young adult literature.
His words offer more than I ever could to show his depth, empathy and challenges. In 1969 there were no books about children of color. Even with his contribution of amazing stories highlighting African-American characters, the number of books published featuring a diverse group is minuscule. Read his March 2014 opinion piece Where Are The People of Color in Childrens Books? from the New York Times. It speaks the truth.
Then listen to the Hear and Now interview with he and his son, Christopher Myers. Christopher Myers is an illustrator whose New York Times opinion piece I featured in my post Rainbow Stew and The Lack of Children’s Books Published By and About People of Color. The legacy of Walter Dean Myers lives on in his works and his children.