Boyle County Schools students and staff participated in the Frank X Walker Literacy Festival this week. Now in its seventh year, the week-long festival included an African American reading chain and two virtual keynote addresses from Professor Walker.
Fifth grade students at Junction City Elementary School and Perryville Elementary School enjoyed listening to members of the community read selections of literary works written by Professor Walker and other American authors.
Eighth grade students at Boyle County Middle School and 11th grade students at Boyle County High School engaged in Professor Walker’s keynote addresses, where he explored his creative process, read from his writings, and led question and answer sessions about how one’s thoughts influence one’s actions.
"We have enjoyed collaborating with Danville Schools on this festival,” said superintendent Mike LaFavers. “During a time when social justice and race relations are at the forefront of conversations among people of all ages, this festival is a wonderful opportunity for our students and staff to gain additional exposure to Professor Walker’s literary works and those of so many others.”
ABOUT FRANK X WALKER LITERACY FESTIVAL VII
When Frank X Walker was named Kentucky Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 2013, Citizens Concerned for Human Relations created a festival in his name to honor his achievement. Because of Professor Walker’s deep commitment to the arts and to education, the Festival has continued celebrating the creative arts in the schools and community that will always be his hometown. A week-long festival of literature and performance by authors of color exploring diversity in culture, ethnicity and race, the Frank X Walker Literacy Festival VII is presented by Danville Schools, in collaboration with the Arts Commission of Danville Boyle County, Boyle County Schools and Citizens Concerned for Human Relations.