By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Bestselling author and TV show host Brad Meltzer will speak at a fundraiser for VOICE OKC (Voices Organized in Civic Engagement) on Friday, January 8.
A private ticketed event will be held at Best of Books, 1313 E. Danforth Rd, Edmond, OK, from 5 to 6 p.m.
Meltzer will also give a presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Mayflower Church, 3901 NW 63rd St., in Oklahoma City, which will be free and open to the public.
Sundra Flansburg, President of the VOICE Education Fund said, “The owners of Best of Books in Edmond selected us because they wanted to benefit an organization that carries on the kind of work that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., began. We’re very honored.”
Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Meltzer is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School.
Meltzer is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2. He is a historian and the author of a number of bestselling fiction and nonfiction works, including The Inner Circle, Heroes for Sons, History Decoded, and the I Am children’s series based on the fact that “Ordinary People Can Change The World.”
During both events, Meltzer will be speaking about his latest children’s book I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. and that he was motivated to write these books by his own children.
“Of all the children’s books I’ve worked on, I don’t think I’ve ever been more intimidated than when I was writing ‘I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.’ “It’s one thing to channel my own voice; it’s another to channel one of the most eloquent voices in all of history.”
According to Meltzer, “We can all be heroes” is the message of this New York Times Bestselling picture book biography series, which includes I Am Jane Goodall and I Am Amelia Earhart. The series is illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos.
Best of Books will be partnering with the non-profit VOICE to host the event.
The event at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public. Tickets for the private event at 5 p.m. are $30, which will include a copy of I Am Martin Luther King Jr.
Twenty percent of the proceeds from all sales will be go to VOICE.
Tulsa resident Kara Joy Perry-McKee said, “I just bought a copy of March for a couple of my kid friends and I bet I Am Martin Luther King Jr. will be a great companion for their growing Civil Rights library. Thanks for this opportunity VOICE OKC!”
VOICE OKC is a coalition of congregations, unions, associations, schools and non-profit groups that come together to understand the pressures faced by individuals and families in the Oklahoma City community and to work effectively within the democratic process to address those pressures.
On Sunday, January 24, members of the VOICE Restorative Justice Action Team will host a Restorative Justice Sunday event. The event titled “Public Safety at Risk: Fines and Fees and the Oklahoma Criminal Justice System” will be held at 3 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N Kelley,
“We are doing this event the Sunday following MLK Day in part to honor the ongoing legacy of Dr. King,” said Flansburg. “We believe that our efforts in this area is very much in keeping with his work. January 24 is also the Sunday before the Oklahoma state legislature convenes for 2016, and we want our representatives to understand how serious we are about addressing this issue.”
Following the presentation, VOICE members will propose steps that congregations can take to make changes in the upcoming legislative session. This event is open to the public.
For more information, visit www.voiceokc.org.