New Keynote Announced: Black Lives Matter CoFounder Patrisse Cullors in Conversation at SLJ Summit

Artist, activist, and educator Cullors will join Nashville school librarian Erika Long in conversation as the final session of the 2020 SLJ Summit. The event theme: "Culture Shift."

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has been added to the program in a keynote presentation at the SLJ Summit 2020 on Saturday, October 24. Cullors will join in conversation with Nashville school librarian Erika Long.

Patrisse Cullors. Photo by Giovanni Solis

"I am delighted to announce that Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, will join us at the #sljsummit ," SLJ editor-in-chief Kathy Ishizuka tweeted on Monday night.

Summit attendees can view Cullors's session at 5 p.m. EST, following the reveal of SLJ's Best Books of 2020 at 4:30 pm.

An organizer, educator, and public speaker, Cullors was one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2020 and on the magazine's 2020 list of "100 Women of the Year." Her 2016 memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, was a New York Times bestseller. 

Cullors joins authors James McBride and Tommy Orange as keynote speakers at the Summit, which will open with a Zoom social for attendees to meet colleagues and take part in informal conversations on various topics in breakout rooms.

SLJ will be taking advantage of Zoom breakout rooms throughout the day. Three panel presentations will be followed by guided conversations, during which small groups of attendees can not only talk about the presentation but create practical actions to take back to their school or library from the information. 

It is still possible to register for the all-day virtual event, which is free of charge and open to all. Following the “Culture Shift” theme, the SLJ Summit supports the idea of creating an environment that fosters equity and closes the opportunity gap for children. Attendees can choose from three concurrent tracks during the day.

The SLJ Summit is sponsored: by Mackin (Platinum Sponsor); Capstone, Crabtree Publishing Company, Gale, Junior Library Guild, TeachingBooks, and TLC (Gold Sponsors); ABDO, Beanstack, Bearport Publishing, Jump!, Lerner, and Rosen Publishing (Silver Sponsors); and EveryLibrary, Norton, and Scholastic (Supporting Sponsors).








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