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It Will Take a Village to Raise Diversity in the Children’s Book Industry

October 2, 2015

By Jerry Craft 

In 1992, I created a comic strip called Mama’s Boyz because there were so few that starred black characters. It was picked up by King Features and distributed weekly to close to 900 papers for almost 20 years.

In 1995, I sent a Mama’s Boyz book sample to several publishers. And they sent them all back. One editor even added a note saying that they, “would NEVER be interested in my black-sitcom style of humor.” It wasn’t just THAT the...

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