Author Uses Stories to Confront Issues of Race


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — How do you teach children about race? What do you teach them? Those are decisions made by every parent in twenty-first century America. Author Patricia Hruby Powell hopes she can make those conversations easier and more valuable with her writing.

Hruby Powell released Loving vs. Virginia in early 2017, a book that tells the story of a landmark civil rights case that challenged laws forbidding interracial marriage. Her writing style streamlines the complex legal apparatus and deep historical context, emphasizing instead the love story at the heart of it all. It’s through the love story that young people become exposed to the history of racism and the institutionalization of hate.

Click the video to learn more about what informs Hruby Powell’s approach to complex ideas- and why she says young people are ready to hear MORE about these topics.

Hruby Powell’s Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, released in 2014, made the Illinois Reading Council‘s must-read books by Illinois authors.

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