THE PEOPLE COULD FLY PROJECT BRINGS CHILDRENS’ BOOK TO LIFE
IN 48 HOUR FLIGHT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
(Memphis, TN) The People Could Fly Project, five sisters and students from Memphis, TN announce a 48-hour journey across the United States realizing an American folktale of Africans who fly from slavery to freedom. Beginning the morning of Tuesday, August 28 the sisters, ages 15 to 21 will travel for 48 hours flying from Memphis to cities such as Washington DC, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and New York sharing this story and other tales of human flight.
The folktale for which they travel is most notably found in children’s book author Virginia Hamilton’s book of Black American folktales, The People Could Fly. Hamilton, recipient of the McArthur Genius award, The National Book Award, and the Hans Christian Anderson award was known for her great contributions to multi-cultural children’s literature. The sisters will take this story and other children’s books of flight along their journey across the United States as they exchange with fellow travelers about the power of dreams, belief, and flight.
Beginning on the 44th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech and the bicentennial of the end of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the sisters hope their flight will be a living celebration of people who continue to create new human realities of freedom through the belief in and pursuit of their dreams.
For more information about The People Could Fly Project, call 901.833.7465 or visit the