Programs Story Time with Lupita Nyong o


  • Date:
    Oct 20, 2019
  • End Date:
    Oct 20, 2019
  • Time:
    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Story Time with Lupita Nyong’o

Sunday, October 20, 2019 – Lupita Nyong’o Day in Harlem
3:00—4:30 PM

The Africa Center is excited to welcome Lupita Nyong’o as she hosts the Center’s Story Time for Children on Lupita Nyong’o Day in Harlem. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis for children and their adult guardian(s).

The Academy Award–winning actress will be reading her book Sulwe. Following the reading, Nyong’o will answer questions from kids in a session led by The Africa Center’s CEO, Uzodinma Iweala. The author will also sign books that will be available to purchase from Bank Street Books.

Free with RSVP*

* We have been overwhelmed with interest in this event, and have reached peak registration capacity. However, we will have a standby line starting at 2.00PM. If you have registered for the event, please arrive by 2.30PM when doors will open. Please note, that the event has limited space and your registration DOES NOT guarantee entrance. All people registered under one name must be present in order to gain entry into the event space.


From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.


LUPITA NYONG’O is a Kenyan actress and producer. Her first feature film role was in the film 12 Years a Slave, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as multiple accolades, including the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Critics’ Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and the NAACP Award. She has since starred in Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ryan Coogler’s record-breaking box office hit Black Panther, and most recently in Jordan’s Peele’s critically acclaimed horror film Us. Nyong’o earned a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in Danai Gurira’s play Eclipsed. She lives in Brooklyn.