Book: From Lee Highway to Langston Boulevard
Take a journey with Arrington as she learns about the name change of a street she frequents often. Arrington learns why representation matters and information about notable African Americans in history.
The 26-page educational book was written by Nadia Conyers and her daughter, Arrington, to inform children about the importance and meaning of representation and naming.
Written in simple language that any child can enjoy, and illustrated by Ashairzaib, the book is entertaining and can be used by parents to share lifelong lessons with their children. Children will learn about Congressman John M. Langston, the eponym of Langston Boulevard, and other African American heroes who have made significant contributions to society.
In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, many cities in the US were met with a demand to rename and rebrand streets, schools, and other edifices to disassociate from the legacies of their racist past. While having a conversation about the renaming of Lee Highway, the US Route 29 running east-west through Arlington, Virginia, Arrington asked, “Mommy, why are they changing the name of the street and who is John M. Langston?” Arrington’s curiosity triggered Nadia to search online for a book that could help explain what was happening, only to find no books on renaming and representation for children. They decided to change that.
Paperback: 26 pages
Publisher: Independently published, 2022
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