Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards brings together winners and honorees from 1974 to 2018, including Tom Feelings, Leo and Dianne Dillon, Ashley Bryan, Brian Pinkney, Bryan Collier, Jerry Pinkney, and Kadir Nelson.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace by recognizing outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. They were founded at the American Library Association (ALA) in 1969 in response to the observation that no African American author or illustrator had ever been honored by the prestigious Newberry or Caldecott awards. In 1982, after 12 years of presentation without official recognition from the ALA executive board, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards became an officially recognized ALA award. The Awards are among the brightest acknowledgements of children’s literature on America’s cultural landscape.

This exhibition is hosted by both the Columbia Museum of Art and Richland Library. We encourage visitors to cross the street to visit Richland Library on Assembly Street for the full exhibition experience.


This exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas

Image above :
Bryan Collier, 2001
2002 Honor
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (detail)
Watercolor and collage on paper.
© 2001 by Bryan Collier


A Phenomenal Combination

Learn more about the importance of the awards and the exhibition.


Exhibition Sponsors


Baker and Baker Foundation

Central Carolina Community Foundation


CMA Installation Sponsors

Presented by Susan Thorpe and John Baynes. Supporting Sponsor: Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers. Contributing Sponsors: Leslie and Jeff Archie and Midlands Medical Wellness Center, LLC. Friends: Luther and Judy Battiste and Dr. and Mrs. Allen J. Coles, III. Patrons: Brandolyn and Jerome Pinkston