Prolific author, Dr. Artika Tyner’s is introducing her third children’s book, Joey and Grandpa Johnson’s Day in Rondo, a story committed to celebrating the Rondo neighborhood and black culture. The vibrant, predominantly African American neighborhood was drastically affected in the 1960s by federal government’s decision to erect Interstate 94 directly through Rondo beginning in 1956. This development may have destroyed the economic engine of Rondo entrepreneurship and small businesses, but as the book series shows it did not destroy such values as economic independence, education and hope.
The book takes the reader on a historical journey through Rondo as Joey accompanies his grandfather, learning about rich culture heritage and the importance of entrepreneurship. After a successful launch, the next event promoting the book will be held Saturday, November 3 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) located at 1256 Penn Avenue No., Minneapolis. Dr. Tyner will read Joey and Grandpa Johnson’s Day in Rondo to the MAAHMG children’s reading circle. Come join us for this family-friendly, educational event!
Dr. Artika Tyner’s Joey and Grandpa Johnson’s Day in Rondo and Ericka Dennis’ Mr. Rondo’s Spirit: A Story of a Man & His Community are the first offerings of an eight-part children’s literature series from publisher In Black Ink committed to celebrating Rondo and preserving culture.
Dr. Tyner’s recently released and award winning children’s book, Justice Makes A Difference, is now available at Minnesota History Center’s gift shop and online at: https://shop.mnhs.org/collections/whats-new/products/justice-makes-a-difference-the-story-of-miss-freedom-fighter-esquire. She is also co-author with Monica Yaa Habia of Amazing Africa: A to Z. This beautifully illustrated book can be order through Dr. Tyner’s web site at: https://artikatyner.com/amazing-africa-a-z/
Dr. Artika Tyner is not only an award-winning author, but a passionate educator, a civil rights attorney, a sought-after speaker, and an advocate for justice who is committed to helping children discover their leadership potential and serve as change agents in the global community. She is the founder/CEO of the Planting People, Growing Justice Leadership Institute.