Faith Ringgold grew up in Harlem, has a master’s degree in education, and has taught art in New York City public schools. Deeply influenced by the Black Power movement, Faith developed an art style based on her African American heritage. She created a series of narrative quilts about the lives of black women, one of which inspired her first picture book, Tar Beach, winner of a Caldecott Honor Award and a Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. She went on to publish several more acclaimed picture books, including Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky and My Dream of Martin Luther King. Faith Ringgold divides her time between New Jersey and Southern California.
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