Director: Richard Kane
I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan chronicles the life and career of the celebrated children’s book author and artist. Born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx, he served in a World War II all-Black battalion and experienced the carnage of D-Day and the racism of a segregated U.S. Army. As a result he dedicated his life to creating beauty and joy, spreading love and awe through his art. Bryan was a poet/illustrator of over 60 award-winning children's books who also made magical puppets and sea glass windows from found objects inspired by his African heritage, and taught at Dartmouth College. Ashley was an early, quiet, and potent force in bringing children of color and issues of racial diversity into the canon of children’s literature. He had been living on the remote Cranberry Islands, Maine until his death in February 2022 at the age of 98. Ashley’s life story and the art he made from a wellspring of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages. Produced by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly.
The exhibition Ashley Bryan & Langston Hughes: Sail Away will be open at 5 PM for program attendees.
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Advance reservations for members only. Tickets are available at the Admission Desk on the day of the screening.