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  • 2022
    • October
        • Block Party with Jason MoranThe Kennedy CenterJoin us for a FREE family event full of activities and performances to kick off the 2022-2023
          Performances for Young Audiences season. Jacqueline Woodson will narrate and share poetry
          with music by Jason Moran and The Bandwagon. The REACH Plaza will have outdoor games
          inspired by Jacqueline’s book The World Belonged to Us: sidewalk chalk activities, hopscotch, fort
          building, jump rope, double dutch, and hula hoops! Food and refreshments will also be available
          for purchase onsite to keep you fueled at this fun-filled event. Most enjoyed by all ages.
        • John Steinbeck "In the Souls of the People" Award: Jacqueline WoodsonThe John Steinbeck Award is given to writers, artists, thinkers, and activists whose work captures Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of people who by circumstance are pushed to the fringes. The phrase “in the souls of the people” comes from Chapter 25 of The Grapes of Wrath. This section of the book, and particularly this phrase, encapsulates the writer’s enduring legacy as an engaged and socially aware artist. This year's awards ceremony will honor acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson. FREE!
Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an American writer of books for adults, children, and adolescents. She is best known for her National Book Award-Winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. Her picture books The Day You Begin and The Year We Learned to Fly were NY Times Bestsellers. After serving as the Young People’s Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress for 2018–19. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2020. Later that same year, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.