Today is: Ezra Jack Keats Birthday

Today is

Ezra Jack Keats Birthday

Who is Ezra Jack Keats?

Keats was the first to cross social boundaries by being the first American picture-book maker to give the black child a place in children’s literature.

Ezra’s father Benjamin Katz died in the streets of a heart attack on the day that Keats was to receive a Medal of Honor for his Senior Class achievements.  Ezra had to identify his body.  When he did, he discovered in his fathers wallet carefully preserved newspaper clippings that reported on the notable artistic achievements of his son.  “There in his wallet were worn and tattered newspaper clippings of the notices of the awards I had won.  My silent admirer and supplier, he had been torn between his dread of my leading a life of hardship and his real pride in my work.”

Read more about Ezra Jack Keats at the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.