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Frank Morrison and Carole Boston Weatherford
Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days in her father's Detroit church. But Aretha didn't just raise her voice in song, she also spoke out against injustice and fought for civil rights.
From a young age, Gwendolyn Brooks saw stories everywhere she looked. She became the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize, receiving the award for poetry in 1950.
Founded in 1969, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize outstanding Black authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that portray an aspect of the Black experience. The awards include several categories and are given annually at the American Library Association conference.
Ages: 0-17 years