For January 15, 2023, the message at Durham Friends Meeting was a reading, by Ingrid Chalufour, of a book by Ashley Bryan, Freedom Over Me.
Newbery Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a person with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.
Here are the cover and one page from the book: