Cleveland author to visit Oberlin Elementary School

Event honors Black History Month By EDITORIAL STAFF | News@MorningJournal.com 

February 15, 2022 at 7:12 p.m.

Michael G. Williams, author of “The Brown Crayon,” will visit Oberlin Elementary School, 210 N. Park St., for a public book signing and community gathering at 6 p.m., Feb. 17, according to a news release.

Participants should enter through the cafeteria doors off Park Street.

Masks are required. The visit is part of the Oberlin City Schools Black History Month celebration, in cooperation with OberlinKids and the Oberlin Public Library. Williams will spend time with students earlier in the day, said Celina Bigio, Oberlin Elementary School Family Engagement facilitator.

“Ms. Jenn Keathley of OberlinKids presented me with information on a local author that she would love to bring to OES,” Bigio said. “After reading the book, I  was excited to partner with OberlinKids.”

Bigio said she is anticipating a great day.

Williams, an educator in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, said the book will change the way people see colors.

“Young children will have no problem understanding the lesson and, hopefully, the parents who read the story to their children will help them see the beauty in all colors,” he said.

Grant dollars from the Oberlin School District Endowment Fund and an added book donation from Oberlin Public Library will allow for the school’s students to each receive a copy of the book.

Bigio said this is an opportunity to partner with two amazing community groups – OberlinKids and the Oberlin Public Library.

“Our students are very fortunate to have such an amazing opportunity, and we hope that all members of our community will take part in this celebration of our diversity,” she said.

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