Mildred Pitts Walter (MA in Education from Antioch University) is the author of twenty-one children’s books, a civil and women’s rights activist, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and a Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee. A former kindergarten and elementary teacher, Walter saw a need for books with strong and interesting black characters that would appeal to young black school children, so she wrote them herself. Her first book, Lily of Watts: A Birthday Discovery, was published in 1969.
She was recently honored at the 2018 Leimert Park Book Fair with special readings of her work.
Mildred Pitts Walter said, “I believe my characters have those values and traits which make them capable of attacking problems that require extraordinary courage…. I hope that young people who come in contact with these characters will find friends who will help them increase their courage to act for change; and that they, like their newfound friends, will choose their causes with care. May they understand that we are not what we say. We are what we do.”
Click here for her brilliant Library of Congress Oral History Interview.