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Alice Faye Duncan

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Alice Faye Duncan

Alice Faye Duncan writes books for young readers and adults. Her most popular picture book for infants is HONEY BABY SUGAR CHILD. It is a mother's love song to her baby. The lyrical text sings and swings just like music. One must read it aloud with LOVE, JOY and SOUL! 

Alice's book, MEMPHIS, MARTIN AND THE MOUNTAINTOP (The 1968 Sanitation Strike) will debut August 2018. It is a poetic paean for school age students that explores Dr. King's assassination and his last stand for economic justice in the city of Memphis. The illustrator is Caldecott Honor recipient, Gregory Christie. 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE is a child's travel guide across the Volunteer State (GO VOLS!). Two cousins in ugly holiday sweaters visit important landmarks throughout the state, while traveling in a clunky mini-van called the "Reindeer Express." This book will debut in September --- 2018. The illustrator is Mary Uhles. 

Finally, in celebration of words, the splendor of alliteration and the power of a poetic life- --- A SONG FOR GWENDOLYN BROOKS will debut in January 2019. This picture book biography is the life and times of Chicago poet --- Gwendolyn Brooks. Miss Brooks was the very first African American writer to receive a Pulitzer Prize in 1950.

Alice Faye Duncan

Books by Alice Faye Duncan

by Alice Faye Duncan - African American Interest, Children's, Children's 9-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Prejudice

In February 1968, two African American sanitation workers were killed by unsafe equipment in Memphis, Tennessee. Outraged at the city's refusal to recognize a labor union that would fight for higher pay and safer working conditions, sanitation workers went on strike. The strike lasted two months, with help from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Inspired by the memories of a teacher who participated in the strike as a child, author Alice Faye Duncan reveals the story of the Memphis sanitation strike from the perspective of a young girl with a riveting combination of poetry and prose.