Isabel Wilkerson, CSK Breakfast, Stonewall Awards

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Isabel Wilkerson

Julius C. Jefferson Jr.’s President’s Program featured speaker Isabel Wilkerson. Jefferson spoke of the “twin pandemics” that have marked his tenure as president—COVID-19 and systemic racism—and pointed out that only the virus seems to be reaching resolution. “Isabel Wilkerson and her book Caste help explain why,” he said. Wilkerson’s latest book explores the structure of an unspoken system of human ranking and reveals how our lives are still restricted by what divided us centuries ago.


Coretta Scott King award winners

In accepting her 2021 Coretta Scott King Book Award for Before the Ever After, author Jaqueline Woodson thanked the committee for the recognition “in this time of a pandemic, in this time of pandemonium, in this time of a revolution.”

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What a beautiful celebration for the 25th anniversary of the #PuraBelpré Award. Felicidades a todxs! Going to go refill my tissues for the rest of these amazing speeches ♥️ —@frusciante_lily


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Collection development specialists from across the country gather virtually to dish on their favorite forthcoming titles in a conversation moderated by Donna Seaman, Booklist’s adult books editor. 10–11 a.m. Monday, June 28.

These awards, hosted by the Association for Library Service to Children, recognize the best in children’s media. Hear from the winners and honorees of the Batchelder, Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media, Geisel, and Sibert awards. 10–11:15 a.m. Monday, June 28.

Rainbow Round Table Chair Rae-Anne Montague will lead a panel discussion honoring half a century of ALA’s premier book awards recognizing LGBTQ+ reading material. 2–3 p.m. Monday, June 28.


Youth Media Awards

Check out our list of Youth Media Award winners, announced at Midwinter in January, to learn more about the speakers appearing at today’s .

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