1. Acknowledgments

Telling A People’s Story is dedicated to the memory of those who blazed new trails and opened the doors for the development of African-American children’s literature. Special appreciation is extended to the Exhibition Committee and students who collectively shaped and defined the exhibition, programming and conference. Particular recognition is extended to Brenda Dales, Co-Project Leader, who brought vast knowledge, resources and passion to this project. Admiration and appreciation is offered to Rudine Sims Bishop for her original scholarship, which paved the way for the critical assessment of African-American children’s illustrated literature. Great appreciation is extended to the staff of the Art Museum for their many contributions and steadfast dedication to this project.


Arnold Adoff, Author of African-American Literature & Children’s Books

Stephanie Baer, Faculty, Art Education

Gratia Banta, Youth Services Manager, The Lane Libraries System

Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University

Sam Bloom, Sr. Children’s Librarian, Public Library-Cincinnati & Hamilton County

Cynthia Collins, Curator of Education, Art Museum

Larry Collins, Faculty, Studio Art

Brenda Dales, Lecturer, Teacher Education

Stephanie Danker, Faculty, Art Education

Nishani Frazier, Faculty, History

Darwin Henderson, Professor Emeritus, Teacher Education, University of Cincinnati

Jason E. Shaiman, Curator of Exhibitions, Art Museum

Anita Wilson, Faculty, English Art Museum Student Team:

Caroline Bastian, Curatorial Intern & Communications Intern

Megan Bowers, Volunteer Conference Planner

Ethan Clearfield, Curatorial Intern

Julia Henkel, Curatorial Intern & Graphic Design Assistant

Caroline Kunetz, Volunteer Conference Planner

PyLynne Myers, Curatorial Intern

Yilan (Elaine) Qiu, Curatorial Intern

Maggie Shufelt, Communications Intern

Gratitude is expressed to the following for their time and support in the development of this project:

Art Museum Membership Association

College of Education, Health & Society, Miami University

Department of Teacher Education, Miami University

King Library, Miami University

Lane Library, Oxford

Marth a Holden Jennings Foundation

Miriam W. Howard Art Museum Fund

Office of Institutional Diversity, Miami University

Office of the President, Miami University

Oxford Community Foundation

P&G Art Museum Fund

Riffe Gallery of the Ohio Arts Council

Norman A. Schoelles Art Museum Fund