One of America’s most celebrated poets and winner of multiple national awards is coming to Sacramento to share her voice and perspective on racial justice in celebration of Juneteenth. Marilyn Nelson, a three-time finalist for the National Book Award is the author of some twenty poetry books for adults and children. She also wrote a verse memoir, named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014, A series of 50 unrhymed sonnets about growing up in the 1950s in an African American military family. Nelson is a graduate of Hiram Johnson High School and received her BA in 1968 from U.C. Davis.
June 12, 6:00 -7:30 pm – Author talk and book signing at Underground Books in Oak Park
June 14, 5:00 pm – Sacramento Juneteenth Kickoff event at California State Library
June 15, 10:00 – 11:30 am – Reading at Hiram Johnson Commencement Ceremony