Join NYABPsi for our annual Black History Month Celebration! This year will feature a virtual showcase of Black authors and illustrators of children’s books and an interdisciplinary panel that explores the use of literary arts and storytelling as powerful tools in promoting cultural pride and healthy racial consciousness in youth.
Meet our talented panelists below and click the links to access their works!
Ray Anthony Shepard
Author, historiographer, educator, school book publisher
Runaway: The Daring Escape of Ona Judge, a picture book biography (FSG 2021), received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Booklist called it a must for every collection.
His dual biography of two Black Civil War correspondents, George E. Stephens, and Henry James Gooding, Now or Never! 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery (Calkins Creek, 2017), was a Carter J. Woodson Honor Book and listed by the New York City Library as one of the best books year (Teens) and by the Massachusetts Center for the Book as a Must Read.
Much of her life’s work has been as a Psychologist, a Psychotherapist, a Counselor, a Social Worker, a Mental Health Coordinator and Director, an Advocate, and an Educator, teaching Preschool, Elementary, Middle, High Schools, and College. She has traveled through all 7 continents and has created 3 separate establishments:
1) The Moveable School 2) a Group for Families with Multiethnic and Multicultural members, and 3) The Healing Women’s Circle.
Dr. Denise Hinds-Zaami has published articles as well as 3 books: 1) Diversity for Children, Through Language and Song. 2) Our Family Cookbook, and 3) Reflections of My Life: A Book of Poems and Thoughts. Currently working on her next books about education, psychology, and Africa, she endeavors to help expand and elevate minds and souls.
Chocolatey Brown is her second self published project which is not only a children’s book teaching young girls to love their chocolate skin no matter the shade but a movement to inspire all women of color to love who they are and believe in who they are destined to become.
Her latest ebook Parenting Through A Pandemic, supports parents in navigating through the unknown to get to a place where they can parent in a healthy and impactful way. Stephanie has supported and produced many events including Daddies Do Hair, The Big ASK Conference and Curlfest NYC. Stephanie’s life goal is to heal the hearts of many so they too can heal the hearts of many more.
Baoku, along with his wife, Evelyn, is a co-facilitator at Homemade Joy coaching services, where Baoku guides Afrikans in becoming skilled at countering the effects of oppression on academic achievement, relationships, and personal development. Baoku is an AYA Educational Institute Warrior Healer Builder Facilitator. The WHB mindset and skillset is the foundation of Baoku’s personal and community work, and the resources he creates.
Baoku is the author of the alphabet book, A is for Afrika, S is for Sovereignty. Nana Marimba Ani calls it “… a ‘primer’ for Afrikan consciousness.” Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti says, “… this is one of those books that will make front-line parenting so much easier.” Queen Taese refers to it as a “… complete story of how great we are.”
Born in Rochester, NY, Baoku currently lives in Atlanta, GA, where he supports the healing of Afrikan families, Afrikan people, and the world, in that order. Baoku has used A is for Afrika, S is for Sovereignty to coordinate the goals and aspirations of middle and high school students with those of our people, help parents find and share family lore, and train counselors in the Afrikan world view for after school programs. He uses the excitement generated by his books, courses, and programs to build trust in Afrika, trust in Afrikan people, and trust in our way.
Baoku has been married to Evelyn for 20 years. They have two children, Ayodele, and Aperin.
Niaren wants her audience to see the beauty that she recognizes in her subjects through the use of many materials: paint, dry media (colored pencil, markers, pen), fabric, beads, and other found objects.
Niaren has also illustrated a few children’s books, ‘Handicapable’, ‘Handicapable – Lola
Goes to School’, ‘Oh Boy Summer’, ‘Mr. Winter’, and ‘Mommy Do You Work
Tonight?’…to name a few.
Dr. Bedford Palmer
Author, Dancer, Actress
This native Chicagoan now resides in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit her website, https://www.chiquitacamille.com/books
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Dr. Dana Collins
Originally from Oakland, CA, Dr. Collins received a B.A. in psychology from Spelman College, a Master’s degree in counseling and counselor education from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Boston College. She recently relocated to New York to work with adults who face mental health barriers to employment. Before being elected President in 2020, Dr. Collins served as NYABPsi’s President-elect and considers it an honor, privilege, and gift to serve and contribute to the mental wellness of the Black community.
Dr. Codrington is a Past President of the New York Association of Black Psychologists and has served on the Board of Directors for over 10 years. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park and received specialized postdoctoral training in the evaluation and treatment of court-involved/high-risk youth. As an acknowledgment of her service and impact, Dr. Codrington was awarded the 2010-2011 distinguished Bobby E. Wright Award by the Association of Black Psychologists for her exemplary commitment to community service and empowerment. She also received the 2014 Healer/Warrior Award at the Association of Black Psychologists Annual Convention by the Eastern Region. The award was given in recognition of Dr. Codrington’s outstanding professional work and advocacy on behalf of African ancestry families and children. Dr. Codrington also received the 2019 Malcolm X Black Unity Award from the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (New York Chapter) and the International African Arts Festival for her service in community mental health, artistic development, and organization and institution building.
Through public forums, consultation, guest lectures, radio interviews, and organizational partnerships, Dr. Codrington has addressed a wide array of mental health, education, and social justice issues affecting individuals and communities of color. She has publications in numerous professional journals including the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Dreaming, and Cultural Studies of Science Education, as well as a book chapter in Helping Beyond the 50-Minute Hour: Therapists Involved in Meaningful Social Action, and the Association of Black Psychologists’ position paper on Special Education and the Mis-education of African American Children.