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Sharran Taylor, Black History Month Poetry Reading & Author Table

Come and meet Sharran C. Taylor, an Award Winning Author and Poet, who is also known as the Spoken Word Artist Kween Yakini.  She is a self-taught poet who has honed her gifts and talents to become a professional performance artist.   Kween has self-published four poetry books and has earned three Black Book Achievement awards from the Nat Turner Library.  

She is motivated by her purposeful passion for writing poetry that speaks to Black history, Black spirituality, Black culture, and the legacy of Black music.   She’s a Spoken Word Artist who has performed for audiences throughout the Hampton Roads area.  Recently, she has written and presented two of her programs “A Poetic Exploration Of Black Music” and “The History of Juneteenth and Black Music History” at the Russell Memorial Chesapeake Library, Her poetry is said to be thought-provoking, truthful, and enlightening. 

In her recent collection of poetry, “Tracing Black Music to the Roots”, she refers to the African roots of American music. 

 Signed copies will be available for purchase. 



Saturday, February 10, 2024
10:00am - 12:30pm
Hull Street Meeting Room
Art Author Visit Black History Month

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Meldon Jenkins-Jones

Meldon Jenkins-Jones is the Richmond Public Library / Community Services Manager at Hull Street Branch Library. 

Meldon also chairs the Get Lit Advisory Committee which supports the Richmond Public Library Get Lit Reading Initiatives including the Black Male Emergent Readers (BMER) program and the Lit Chicks Read book clubs.

Meldon is a graduate of the Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2022. She was the first recipient of the Virginia Library Association (VLA) Librarians of Color Forum Award in 2021 and is an active member of VLA. She presented “Libraries Bringing Community Together” at the 2023 VLA Annual Conference.

In 2011, Meldon received her Master of Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law—Newark and practiced law in New Jersey until her retirement in 2003. Meldon received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she studied African American Studies and Russian Civilization.

A Metro Richmond resident, Meldon is the mother of two adult children and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

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