P&P Live! and DC Public Library Present Nikkolas Smith —1619 Project: Born on the Water

Upcoming Event
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Click here to register for the virtual event. Complimentary copies available for the first 50 registrants.

Politics and Prose is delighted to partner with the DC Public Library and the DC Public Library Foundation for an inspirational program for teens with illustrator Nikkolas Smith about the creation of The 1619 Project: Born on the Water.

The first 50 young people to register for the event and select the "Free Event Admission + Free Book" option at registration will receive a complimentary copy of the book for their home library (one book per family, please). Recipients of the complimentary copy will pick their book up in the Alma Thomas Teen Space at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, Washington, DC, beginning Wednesday, July 6. Please note that complimentary book copies must be picked up by Saturday, July 16. These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation.

This program is presented in conjunction with D.C. Public Library’s Know Your Power contest, sponsored by Pepco. Teens are invited to submit an original work of writing, photography, illustration, or music that expresses their feelings on a social issue that matters to them. More information can be found at https://www.dclibrary.org/knowyourpower.


About the Book:

When a young Black girl is given an assignment to trace her family history, she asks her grandmother for help. Her grandmother weaves a story of joy and hardship, describing ancestors stolen from their whole and happy lives in Africa, packed into a cramped ship and taken against their will to a new land. Once they landed, they experienced unspeakable atrocities, separated from family members and bought and sold as though they were not humans who could love and hurt. And yet, their commitment to finding meaning in the new land remained – a new child was born, a distinctly American child. Through generations, their ancestors persevered to achieve great things and secure the freedom our young protagonist has today.

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water is an important story, imbued with empathy and honesty, that will enlighten and embolden children of all backgrounds. This lyrical picture book in verse derived from the New York Times Magazine's groundbreaking 1619 Project chronicling the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the U.S.

Nikkolas Smith is a Houston, Texas–born Artivist, picture book author, and Hollywood film illustrator. He is the author-illustrator of The Golden Girls of Rio, nominated for an NAACP Image Award, My Hair is Poofy and That’s Okay, and World Cup Women. As a Black illustrator, Nikkolas is focused on creating captivating art that can spark important conversations around social justice in today’s world and inspire meaningful change. Many of his viral, globally shared and published sketches are included in his book Sunday Sketch: The Art of Nikkolas.


Washington, DC 20008
Child & Teen
The 1619 Project: Born on the Water Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593307359
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Kokila - November 16th, 2021

Not Signed or Personalized