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Storytime Spotlight

June 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Join us on June 25 for Storytime Spotlight with Dr. Alexander Free Garland and The Conscious Children’s Chakra Book Series.

Storytime Spotlight is an educational series presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center that introduces young children to books that features stories, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays. This series highlights Black and Brown children’s book authors and will feature conversations and a live reading with the author.

Storytime Spotlight Series is moderated by Cathryn Calhoun, Director of Education and Community Engagement at AWAACC.

Dr. Alexander Free Garland (Dr. Free) (Pronouns: We/Us/Our) is best known as a child star for playing the role of Young Simba in the original cast of the first national tour of Disney’s The Lion King. With a long-standing presence in the arts and entertainment industry, Dr. Free has been on the cutting edge of entertainment development with several artists, such as Janet Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rosario Dawson, India Arie, The PRINCE Twins (Maya and Nandy McClean), Dream Hampton and the late, great, PRINCE as well as companies like Flash Mob America, and B. Dunn Movement Dance and Theatre Company. Conferred with an honorary Doctorate Of Metaphysics in December of 2021, Dr. Free is proud to provide trauma rehabilitation and over a dozen other services to under-resourced BIPOC individuals and communities. Coined as ‘the conscious Dr. Seuss’ under the pen name Dr. Chakra, you will find Dr. Free to be an inspirational published author of a series of children’s books available for purchase on over 30,000 retailers worldwide as well as The Top Publishing Company website. With Luminescent Dolphin nonprofit as a hub for most of the programs that Dr. Free offers, ‘The Life Lessons Playbook’ curriculum and Freedom! (a Sierra Leone filmmakers exchange program) are the programs with the farthest reach so far. Remedy Portugal: Compound & Resort is the newest manifestation opening in Lisbon Fall of 2024. For those who wish to contribute to the many efforts, visit www.LuminescentDolphin.com for fun and engaging ways to support.