Dr. Artika Tyner Receives Honorable Mention from McKnight Fellowship

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. - June 5, 2019 - PRLog -- Dr. Artika Tyner, founder and executive director of Planting People Growing Justice™ Leadership Institute (PPGJLI), has received Honorable Mention by the McKnight Fellowship for children's literature. Presented by The Loft Literacy Center, the awards recognize writers and their literary works.

"I am deeply humbled to be recognized as Honorable Mention for the 2019 McKnight Fellowship," said Tyner. "I look forward to continuing my work of promoting literacy, diversity in books, and youth leadership development."

Tyner was chosen from among 49 entries in the children's literature category. A prolific author, her children's books have received numerous accolades and awards, along with praise from those in fields ranging from education to the judicial system. Her books are highly entertaining, educational, promote literacy (https://squareup.com/store/planting-people-growing-justice-leadership-institute/) and include:

·       "Justice Makes a Difference," is a 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Award winner and Independent No.1 Best Seller that teaches about important men and women of history that changed the world. The book mirrors Tyner's childhood and conversations with her grandmother.

·       "Amazing Africa: A to Z" takes children on a journey through Africa's 54 countries, teaches some words in Swahili and Twi, and explores Africa's natural resources with key facts.

·       "So You Want to be a Supreme Court Justice (Being in Government)" provides an overview of requirements, roles, responsibilities, and a path to the Supreme Court.

·       "Joey and Grandpa Johnson's Day in Rondo" teaches a boy about the history, heritage, culture and an undying vision of education, economic independence and hope of his Rondo neighborhood from his grandfather.

The McKnight Fellowship is well-deserved recognition of Tyner's significant contributions to literacy and education. Her award-winning children's books are being read around the world and helping children to learn about their diverse history and proud heritage no matter where they live.

About the McKnight Artist Fellowship Program
Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, the McKnight Foundation's arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1981. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in 10 different creative disciplines. Program partner organizations administer the fellowships and structure them to respond to the unique challenges of different disciplines. Currently the foundation contributes about $1.7 million per year to its statewide fellowships. For more information, visit mcknight.org/artistfellowships.

About the McKnight Foundation
The McKnight Foundation, a family foundation based in Minnesota, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. Program interests include regional economic and community development, Minnesota's arts and artists, education equity, youth engagement, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, neuroscience research, international crop research, and rural livelihoods. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Foundation has assets of approximately $2.2 billion and grants about $90 million a year.

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