Sat Jun 17, 11:00 AM - Mon Jun 19, 1:00 PM

Liberation Station Bookstore

208 Fayetteville St., Suite 201, Raleigh, NC 27601

Community: Raleigh


NC’s first Black-owned children’s bookstore will celebrate its grand opening on June 17, 18 and 19. The festivities will include book signings, an ASL storytime and even a "Liberation March" down Fayetteville Street with Black equestrians.

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The schedule for the Liberation Station Bookstore opening weekend festivities includes:

Saturday, June 17:

11-11:30 a.m. Ribbon cutting and welcome.
Juneteenth affirmations read by children's book author Julia Mallory.
Singers from the North Carolina Opera will perform "Lift Every Voice and Sing."
The City of Raleigh Hispanic and Immigrant Affairs Board has purchased 65 copies of Scott-Miller's book, "The Museum Lives in Me" to give away for free to the first guests during the grand opening.
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Book signing with notable children's book authors and illustrators, including:
Derrick Barnes, who wrote the 2022 graphic novel "Victory. Stand!-Raising My Fist For Justice" (National Book Award finalist), "Crown: an Ode to a Fresh Cut" (Caldecott and Newbery honors), and New York Times bestselling books, “I am Every Good Thing” and “The King of Kindergarten,” among many others.
Tameka Fryer Brown, who wrote “That Flag,” “Brown Baby Lullaby,” “My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood” and “Not Done Yet: Shirley Chisholm’s Fight for Change.”
Jesse Byrd, who wrote “King Penguin” (Paris Book Festival Top 3 Book of the Year), “Sunny Days,” “Real Jungle Tales” and more.
Peaches Dean, author of “Memories of My Mommy” and “Penelope B’s Great Mission.”
Alison Hawkins, who illustrated “The Noisy Classroom,” “What Would Fashion Look Like If It Included All of Us” and “Little People, Big Dreams: Nelson Mandela.”
Kelly Starling Lyons, who wrote “Going Down Home with Daddy” (Caldecott honor), “Ty’s Travels: Zip, Zoom!” (Geisel Honor Book) and many more.
Shelia P. Moses, who wrote “The Legend of Buddy Bush” (National Book Award finalist, Coretta Scott King award winner), “We Were the Fire: Birmingham 1963” and more.
Vanessa Brantley Newton, who illustrated the New York Times bestseller, “The King of Kindergarten,” and companion book, “The Queen of Kindergarten,” and more.
Alana Tyson, author of "My Red, White, and Blue."
Lamar Whidbee, who wrote and illustrated “1..2..3..4 Breathe” with his son, Stone.

Sunday, June 18:

Noon-1 p.m. Raleigh historian Carmen Cauthen will be signing her book, "Historic Black Raleigh Neighborhoods."
1-2:30 p.m. White Glove Day where children and their parents can see and interact with historical documents. Those include handwritten letters between Frederick Douglass and a Baltimore bookstore owner as well as first edition signed copies of banned books by such authors as James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston and Bell Hooks. Customers can sign up for time slots
3-4 p.m. American Sign Language Storytime with Valerie McMillian, owner of CODANET ASL Reading, with "Black Gold" by Laura Obuobi.

Monday, June 19:

11 a.m.-Noon: Liberation Walk from the N.C. state capitol to the bookstore with a group of Black equestrians.
Noon- 1 p.m. A book signings by Caitlin Gooch aka The Black Cowgirl and children's book author.

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