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Sharice Davids “Sharice’s Big Voice” at Wise Blood
June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Wise Blood and US Congresswoman Sharice Davids for a conversation, reading, and Q&A to celebrate her new picture book Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman.
Signed copies of the book will be available. The book releases June 1st via Harper Collins.
This picture book autobiography tells the triumphant story of Sharice Davids, one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, and the first LGBTQ congressperson to represent Kansas.
When Sharice Davids was young, she never thought she’d be in Congress. And she never thought she’d be one of the first Native American women in Congress. During her campaign, she heard from a lot of doubters. They said she couldn’t win because of how she looked, who she loved, and where she came from. But here’s the thing: Everyone’s path looks different and everyone’s path has obstacles. And this is the remarkable story of Sharice Davids’ path to Congress.
Beautifully illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, an Ojibwe Woodland artist, this powerful autobiographical picture book teaches readers to use their big voice and that everyone deserves to be seen—and heard!
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Sharice Davids made history in 2018 when she became one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress — and the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Kansas in Washington.
A former mixed martial artist and first-generation college student, Sharice worked her way through Johnson County Community College in the district she now represents, before eventually earning a law degree from Cornell Law School.
She went on to work in economic and community development on tribal reservations, including Pine Ridge. Sharice was later selected to the prestigious White House Fellowship program under President Barack Obama. Sharice was inspired to public service by her single mom, who served as an Army drill sergeant.
Sharice is a resident of Roeland Park, Kansas.
Nancy K. Mays is a Kansas-based writer whose short fiction has appeared in such prestigious literary journals as Ploughshares, Colorado Review, the Mid-American Review, Eclectica and more. She teaches at the University of Kansas’ William Allen White School of Journalism. This is her first children’s book.