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Author Jewell Parker Rhodes Visits Middle and Upper Schoolers

Author Jewell Parker Rhodes imparted her wisdom to our Middle and Upper School boys during a powerful talk on Friday, February 5 as part of our ongoing recognition of the accomplishments of African Americans throughout Black History Month.
Ms. Rhodes shared the inspiration behind several of her books. She related her journey as a Black female author at a time when she did not see Black authors on the bookshelves of her schools and libraries: “I never knew that Black people could write stories. All the books I read were about white children and were written by white authors. I did not discover that Black people could write books until I was 20 years old! I immediately changed my major to English and began my writing career.”

Ms. Rhodes is the author of “Black Brother, Black Brother,” “The Louisiana Girls Trilogy,” “Towers Falling,” and “Ghost Boys.” Many of our boys recently read “Black Brother, Black Brother” as part of Adi’s Reading Challenge for Allen-Stevenson fourth through eighth graders.

Allen-Stevenson’s distinctive “enlightened traditional” approach educates boys to become scholars and gentlemen.