Featuring luminous art by Coretta Scott King Award–winning illustrator Kadir Nelson, this reflective picture book by poet Ntozake Shange looks back at the great Black thinkers and innovators who visited her father’s house.

A close-knit group of Black innovators formed their own community in the early to mid-twentieth century. These men of vision lived at a time when the color of their skin dictated where they could live, what schools they could attend, and even where they could sit on a bus or in a movie theater.

Yet in the face of this tremendous adversity, these dedicated souls and others like them not only demonstrated the importance of Black culture in America, but also helped issue in a movement that changed the 

Ellington Was Not A Street

  • 2022 Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture with Award-winning Author and Artist Kadir Nelson

    September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Madam Walker Legacy Center

    617 Indiana Ave
    Indianapolis, IN 46202