Their Way of Life Captured in Poem and Pictures in Evelyn L. Meningall’s Picture Book

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“Black is a Way of Life” to be featured at this year’s New York Library Association Book Exhibit in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 2 to 5

“Black Is A Way of Life” was originally published as a poem in her first poetry book, A Way of Life: An Anthology of Poems. She lends this title to her third publication, a picture book released through Xlibris, and which will be featured at the Illinois Library Association Book Exhibit in Rosemont, Ill., on October 19-21, 2011. The author was inspired to write the poem to try and help her students avoid conflict, and to give them a sense of pride in whom they are.

Through this poem, she tried explaining that Black was a concept that meant strong, resourceful, loving, and caring, and also the values that African Americans treasure. She was asked by family and friends to consider making it into a picture book to help little children understand the concept of Black. To that end, she has written the picture book Black Is A Way of Life.

This book is written for African-American children, and for all children who can only see black as a color. It explains that Black is sharing with others, loving one’s family, and feeling good about oneself. The photographs capture the concept of what Black is. Black may be many things for many people, but for the author and many others, “Black Is A Way of Life.”

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About the Author
Evelyn L. Meningall is the author of two previous books, A Way of Life: An Anthology of Poems and Reflections: A Collection of Poems. Her poems have been published in The Educational Perspectives of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., as well as in several anthologies including Treasury of Great Poems, Poetry’s Elite: The Best Poets of 2000, and The Great Beyond, an Anthology of Poems to name a few. She has received many accolades including being selected for Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in Poetry. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Library Science from Wayne State University, and a master’s degree in Library Science from Rutgers University. She is a retired educator, and currently resides in East Brunswick, New Jersey. She is very concerned about children and reading; she devotes much of her time reading, and writing to that audience.

Black is a Way of Life * by Evelyn L. Meningall
Publication Date: September 25, 2007
Picture Book; $13.99; 28 pages; 978-1-4257-6518-7
Picture Book Hardcover; $15.99; 28 pages; 978-1-4257-6520-0

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