Biddy Mason, Slavery, and Resistance in the Building of LA’s African American Community

Saturday Apr 13 2019   2:00 PM
California African American Museum  600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA  map

Author Laura Atkins will discuss Biddy Mason Speaks Up, cowritten with Arisa White. The book explores Mason’s life and gives readers tools for speaking up in their own communities. Additionally, Susan Anderson, Director of Collections, Library, Exhibitions, and Programs at the California Historical Society, will present on slavery and resistance in California’s history. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition California Bound: Slavery on the New Frontier, 1848–1865.

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Laura Atkins

Laura Atkins is an author, teacher, and independent children’s book editor with over twenty years of editorial experience. She worked at Children’s Book Press, Orchard Books, and Lee and Low Books, helping to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. She taught creative writing at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) in London, where she also received her M.A. in children’s literature, and she completed her M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016. In addition to cowriting Fred Korematsu Speaks UpLaura is the author of the lighthearted picture book Sled Dog Dachshund (Minted Prose Press). Passionate about diversity and equity in children’s books, Laura is based in Berkeley, California, where she lives with her daughter. Find out more at