JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — On Saturday, May 14, a national book tour kicked off at a Capitol City museum.
The Brown Girl and Brown Boy Red Carpet Book Tour stopped at the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Doctor Pamela Gurley organized the tour to shed light on children’s book authors, who are often underrepresented in various ways.
Gurley teamed up with other local authors to bring the kid-friendly red carpet to Jackson in an effort to teach children social skills, confidence, self-esteem, body positivity and emotional intelligence.
The event included live book readings, educational activities and food.
“It was important to me to celebrate literacy and everything associated with it. There is art, music and science. Everything is really a part of literacy. This event celebrates that in a very holistic way,” said Gurley.
“It’s great. Kayden is my best friend, so I like that he’s in my book. They’re about reading. You read them, you can see all the words and you have to pronounce them,” says author Eric Collins Jr.
Events during the book tour emphasized the importance of displaying the different forms of literacy. The events also gave parents and children the chance to fill their bookshelves with characters who look like them.
The next stop on the tour is in Atlanta.