A Conversation with Vashti Harrison

Fri. March 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sponsored by: CFA Institute

Hosted by: Delta Sigma Theta


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Vashti Harrison (Little Legends) discusses her work as an acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books, her formative experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, and her hopes and plans for the future of her creative career; in conversation with her undergraduate mentor Claudrena Harold. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

Author, illustrator, and filmmaker Vashti Harrison is an artist originally from Onley, Virginia. She has a background in cinematography and screenwriting and a love for storytelling. She earned her BA from the University of Virginia with a double major in Media Studies and Studio Art with concentrations in Film and Cinematography. She received her MFA in Film and Video from CalArts where she snuck into Animation classes to learn from Disney and Dreamworks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now, utilizing both skill sets, she is passionate about crafting beautiful stories in both the film and kidlit worlds.

“Beautifully designed and chock-full of information, this is a fantastic survey of black women who made and continue to make history.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“This book just begs to be picked up… Purely magical. Perfect for exploring together at bedtime or for children to browse independently, a gorgeous invitation for children of all backgrounds, and especially for black girls, to learn about black women who were pioneers.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review





We thank the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for their support of this program through their Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation initiative.