Jaha Nailah Avery visits McDougle Elementary School

Monday, May 6, 2024: Jaha Nailah Avery is coming to McDougle Elementary, Kindergarten - 2nd grade!

Important Info for Ordering:

  • Be sure to list your STUDENT'S NAME and TEACHER'S NAME in the order comments section during checkout.
  • The book will be signed by Jaha Nailah Avery and personalized for the student.
  • We will automatically apply a 10% discount to all books ordered for this event! We will manually apply the discount before we process it.
  • We'll deliver the books to MES; there are no shipping charges!
  • All orders must be received by noon on Sunday, May 5, 2024.

A powerful and poetic picture book about Black history in the United States, from the shores of Africa and slavery, to the civil rights and Black Lives Matter movements.

With stunning lyricism reminiscent of traditional African spirituals and today's rhythm and flow of hip-hop, a teacher shares the history of being Black in the US, while continuing to march into present day--undeterred and proud to be Black. Author Jaha Nailah Avery shows you have to understand the past to shape the future, and knowing who you are gives you the strength to do just that.

The book's back matter on Black history is an extensive resource and provides additional context to the reading of I Heard.


Jaha Nailah Avery is an African American woman and proud Southerner. Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, she received her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied constitutional and civil rights law. She spent several years in the startup tech space before embarking on her professional writing career, and her work can be found in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Architectural Digest. Her aim is to always document, celebrate, and preserve the stories of Black people, communities, and history.

Event date: 
Monday, May 6, 2024 - 10:00am
Event address: 
McDougle Elementary
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
I Heard: An American Journey By Jaha Nailah Avery, Steffi Walthall (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781623543822
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - April 30th, 2024