Meet Christine

Christine Platt is a literacy advocate and passionate activist for social justice and policy reform. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African and African American Studies from The Ohio State University, and J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. A believer in the power of storytelling as a tool for social change, Christine’s literature centers on teaching race, equity, diversity and inclusion to people of all ages. She currently serves as the Managing Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University.

"For centuries, stories have been used to inspire others through creating emotional resonance, whether through shared experiences or sympathizing with the lived experiences of others. It is one of the reasons I love teaching the history of the African diaspora through fiction. It humanizes the harsh realities of the transatlantic slave trade and its lasting implications."

Christine’s debut novel, The Truth About Awiti, won the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction and is currently used in high schools, colleges and universities to teach the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its lasting implications. In 2018, Christine decided to teach history to a new audience–children. She has since written over two dozen children’s books including the beloved Ana & Andrew series which teaches young readers about African-American history and culture. She is also the author of several biographies for advanced readers and her first middle-grade work, Trailblazers: Martin Luther King Jr., will be published by Penguin Random House in December 2020. Additionally, Christine recently signed with Candlewick Press/Walker Book on an original series entitled Frankie at Five which will introduce advanced/early middle-grade readers to the importance of journalism. Her next long anticipated adult work, Afrominimalist, will be published in Spring 2021 by Simon & Schuster/Tiller Press.

 

Christine is a member of the Association of Black Women Historians, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and serves as an Ambassador for Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Christine regularly partners organizations on educational initiatives including Teaching for Change, Turning the Page, An Open Book Foundation, First Book, Eaton Workshop, PEN/Faulkner Foundation, and Writers and Artists Across the Country. Christine currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lee Montessori Public Charter School in Washington, DC.