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"Once, far from now but close to then, a little boy was found in a forest. His name was Moyenda." And so it begins . . . A young boy lives in a small village in Africa. Adopted by the village years ago, he is excited when merchants come to his village and speak of a wondrous prize. Join MOYENDA on his daring quest to find the greatest treasure of all and bring it back to the people he loves. This beautifully illustrated read-to-me tale for ages 3-8 is set in a fictional country in long-ago Africa and establishes a mythical foundation for the Kwanzaa holiday created by Maulana Karenga in the 1960s.
Nora Brooks Blakely is an author, playwright, lyricist, literary arts administrator, seeker-of balance, fervent promoter of (and participant in) Black arts & culture, and lover of folklore, laughter and rational human beings. A former teacher at the elementary and high school levels, she is the daughter of two writers, Henry Blakely and Gwendolyn Brooks and, in Nora Brooks Blakely (Author) 2001, founded Brooks Permissions, the company which manages her mother's body of work and promotes its continuing relevance in the 21st century. Nora is working on more children's books and her first graphic novel which she describes as a "flat play."
Bryant Smith is a poet, writer, graphic designer, art director, occasional performance artist and humourist. He has created written and visual art for over 15 years. His design portfolio ranges from corporate collaterals and campaigns to small business branding and logos. Some past works and clients include the cover design for the first national edition of Warp Land: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (Chicago State University Press); marketing campaigns for the American Osteopathic Association, ExxonMobil, and TV One. Smith holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Chicago State University. Bryant continues to create in various artistic mediums and genres while he works towards completing his next project.