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February 9–13, 2018


DENVER, CO                                                                     AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

Activists Patrisse Cullors, Marley Dias to Open the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

Marley Dias, the girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks Campaign, interviews Patrisse Cullors, cofounder of the Black Lives Matter movement, to learn what determining factors and mindset led each of these activists and motivated them to take action. Discover these answers and more when two generations tackle issues of inequality and strive for grassroots level solutions. The Opening Session will take place on Friday, February 9 from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Cofounder of Black Lives Matter, Cullors is an artist, freedom fighter and performance artist. In 2013, Cullors co-founded a global movement with a hashtag. #Black-LivesMatter has since become an international organization with dozens of chapters and thousands of determined activists fighting anti-Black racism worldwide.

Given the opportunity to publish her memoirs, Cullors co-wrote When They Call You A Terrorist with journalist asha bandele. The book, with a foreword by activist Angela Davis, is a poetic biography and reflection on humanity. Cullors has been named an NAACP History Maker – and she’s been invited to the White House. Her appearance is sponsored by Macmillan.

Patrisse Cullors and Marley Dias
2/9, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
CCC Mile High Ballroom 2&3

Dias made headlines as a sixth grader, when she started the #1000blackbirlbooks Campaign to collect and donate 1,000 books that featured black girls as the main characters. She realized that she saw no characters like herself in the books she was reading and wanted to make a difference. And a difference she has made with a campaign that has, to date generated more than 10,000 books. She has been featured in the New York Times and was recognized as a “21 under 21” Ambassador for Teen Vogue. In her new book, Marley Dias Gets It Done – and So Can You, which features an introduction by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Dias shows kids how they can galvanize their strengths to make positive changes in their communities.

Her appearance is sponsored by Scholastic. Get details and add to your schedule now.


Friday, February 9

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, February 10-11
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, February 12
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Auditorium Speaker Series
Saturday & Sunday
February 10-11

Author and Poet, Elizabeth Acevedo to Present Curley Lecture

Elizabeth Acevedo
2/10, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
CCC Mile High Ballroom 2&3

Elizabeth Acevedo was born as the youngest child of Dominican immigrants. Raised in New York City, her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. With over 12 years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, and has delivered several TEDTalks. She has graced renowned venues, such as the Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, South Africa’s State Theatre, The Bozar in Brussels, and the National Library of Kosovo. The session will take place on Saturday, February 10 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver.

Her passion for poetry has manifested in an increasing body of popular poetry videos, most of which have gone viral and been picked up by PBS, Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Upworthy Magazine. She said, “I commit wholeheartedly to the mission that my mother’s stories will not die with her. I believe wholeheartedly telling my own story is an act of love and survival.” Many of her poems have been published, or are forthcoming in Puerto Del Sol, the Callaloo Journal, Poet Lore, Notre Dame Review, and others.

Her passion for poetry has manifested in an increasing body of popular poetry videos, most of which have gone viral.

Acevedo is a National Slam Champion, Beltway Grand Slam Champion, a Cave Canem Fellow, Cantomundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop. She is the author of two poetry collections: Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths and Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm, winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize. A novel, The Poet X I is scheduled for release in early 2018.

Acevedo’s appearance is sponsored by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Get details and add to your schedule now.