Rondo Author Dr. Artika R. Tyner was named a 2022 McKnight Writing Fellow
By: Planting People Growing Justice
"I'm humbled to receive this Fellowship,"
Tyner will be releasing her first graphic novel this summer, "The Courageous Six Triple Eight: The All-Black Female Battalion of World War II," published by Capstone. When the United States entered World War II, it had to face its own contradictions at home. Opportunities opened up for Black people and women in support of the war effort. But ideas about race and gender didn't change as swiftly. This is the story of the first all-Black battalion in the Women's Army Corps–the Six Triple Eight–and its leader, Major Charity Adams. These women bravely confronted the racism and sexism they experienced. And they did it while creating a system to make sure millions of letters and packages got to soldiers fighting in Europe. From the Women Warriors of World War II graphic novel series, this inspiring story will introduce readers to heroes who were victorious in more ways than one.
Tyner is also the founder of the nonprofit organization Planting People Growing Justice™ Leadership Institute (PPGJLI) which provides programs and initiatives that promote childhood literacy. The author and PPGJLI (https://www.ppgjli.org/
The 2022 Loft/McKnight Artist Fellowship (https://www.mcknight.org/
About the McKnight Fellowship
The Loft administers the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers that are presented annually to accomplished Minnesota writers and spoken word artists.
Planting People Growing Justice