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Kelly Starling Lyons


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My mission is to center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship and heritage and show all kids the stories they hold inside.

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“I lost and found myself over and over in the pages of books.”

I grew up in a family that encouraged creativity. My mother, who sings, acts and writes plays, took my brother and me to productions at a children’s theater and made up bedtime tales. She inspired us to express ourselves through the arts.

My grandparents taught us old-school dances, crooned gospel tunes and showed their imagination through cooking and gardening. As if sprinkled by fairy dust, I became enchanted too and began to write. I started by penning entries in my diary.

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Teachable Moment

Hello Friends, I’m writing to share an important update about She Persisted: Dorothy Height. After publication, I discovered that I included an error about the March on Washington for Jobs and…
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Valentine’s Day is almost here. When I wrote Miles Lewis: Matchmaker, I thought about what love means to different people. For Miles, it’s an action word. Love is shown in…
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She Persisted!

I’m thrilled to share that She Persisted: Dorothy Height debuts today. I’ve wanted to write about Dr. Dorothy I. Height ever since I learned about her in college. She was the 10th…
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