7420 Georgia Ave
Kansas City, KS 66109
To commemorate the Martin Luther King Birthday, Paula Young Shelton, youngest daughter of Civil Rights icon Andrew Young, will be the second speaker in the Friends of the Juanita E. Thornton – Shepherd Park Library Authors Series.
A riveting storyteller, she will begin with a reading from her book Child of the Civil Rights Movement and move on to a discussion of her father, Dr. King and many others who made up her Civil Rights family. Audience members are invited to tell their own Civil Rights stories. There will be a book signing after the presentation. Paperback copies of the book sell for $10.00.
An early childhood teacher for over 25 years, Paula has taught in a rural village in East Africa, the public schools of Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC, as well as independent schools in New York City and the nation’s capital. As a first grade teacher at Georgetown Day School (GDS) for 15 years, she enjoyed implementing a dynamic curriculum consisting of a civil rights unit, a study of all kinds of families, including same-sex parents, and a social curriculum which emphasizes appreciation for diversity and acceptance of all, in conjunction with a challenging academic program. The civil rights unit is informed by her personal experiences as the daughter of a civil rights activist and motivated her to author the children’s book, Child of the Civil Rights Movement. Currently, Paula is the Author in Residence at GDS, supporting and enhancing the writing program in the lower school.