Author and Educator Dr. Artika R. Tyner was named a 2022 McKnight Writing Fellow

May 03 21:54 2022

St. Paul, MN – May 3, 2022 – Dr. Artika R. Tyner received a 2022 McKnight Artist Fellowship in Writing (Children’s Literature). Tyner is a passionate educator, award-winning author, sought-after speaker, and advocate for justice. She is committed to training students to serve as social engineers who create new inroads to justice and freedom. Dr. Tyner manages Planting People Growing Justice Press and Bookstore, which promotes literacy, cultural awareness, and leadership development. She has written and published 18 books which include: “Justice Makes a Difference,” “Amazing Africa: A to Z,” with Habia, and “Joey and Grandpa Johnson’s Day in Rondo” and “Kofi Loves Music.”  

“I’m humbled to receive this Fellowship,” said Tyner, “and look forward to continuing my work of promoting literacy, diversity in books, and youth leadership development.”

Tyner will be releasing her first graphic novel this summer, “The Courageous Six Triple Eight: The All-Black Female Battalion of World War II,” published by Capstone. When the United States entered World War II, it had to face its own contradictions at home. Opportunities opened up for Black people and women in support of the war effort. But ideas about race and gender didn’t change as swiftly. This is the story of the first all-Black battalion in the Women’s Army Corps–the Six Triple Eight–and its leader, Major Charity Adams. These women bravely confronted the racism and sexism they experienced. And they did it while creating a system to make sure millions of letters and packages got to soldiers fighting in Europe. From the Women Warriors of World War II graphic novel series, this inspiring story will introduce readers to heroes who were victorious in more ways than one.

Tyner is also the founder of the nonprofit organization Planting People Growing Justice™ Leadership Institute (PPGJLI) which provides programs and initiatives that promote childhood literacy. The author and PPGJLI have donated thousands of children’s books to local children, schools, and libraries around the world.

The 2022 Loft/McKnight Artist Fellowship is a testament to Tyner’s storytelling skill and ability to write for children of multiple ages on a wide range of topics. She tells important stories that connect young people to their history, heritage, and culture.

About the McKnight Fellowship

The Loft administers the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers that are presented annually to accomplished Minnesota writers and spoken word artists.

About Artika Tyner

Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought-after speaker, and advocate for justice. Tyner is the founder of Planting People Growing Justice Press and Bookstore. In recognition of her leadership and service, she is the recipient of more than two dozen awards that include: Women in Business, American Small Business Champion, International Educator Citizen, and American Bar Association Difference Makers.

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