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Christine Platt Managing Director, ARPC Antiracist Research and Policy Center

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SIS - School of International Service
Degrees
Juris Doctor, Stetson University College of Law; Master of Arts, African and African-American Studies, The Ohio State University; Bachelor of Arts, Africana Studies, University of South Florida.

Bio

Christine Platt currently serves as the Managing Director for the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. A passionate advocate for social justice and policy reform, Christine holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African and African American Studies from The Ohio State University, and J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. Using storytelling as a tool for social change, Christine's work centers on eradicating social and racial injustices through the power of literature.

Christine’s debut novel, The Truth About Awiti, won the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction and is currently used in high schools, colleges and universities to teach the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In 2018, ABDO Books published Christine’s first children’s series, Ana & Andrew, featuring siblings learning about African-American history and culture. Current titles in the series are A Day at the Museum, Summer in Savannah, Dancing at Carnival, A Snowy Day, Going to Ghana, The Magic Violin, The New Baby, and The Perfect Pet. Christine’s latest series, Sheroes: Real Wonder Women, teaches young readers about extraordinary women throughout history and include Harriet Tubman, Joan of Arc, Cleopatra, and Sacagawea. Rockridge Press recently released Christine’s advanced early reader, The Story of Harriet Tubman: A Biography Book for New Readers along with autobiographies on Alexander Hamilton, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr., and Michelle Obama. Her first middle-grade work, Trailblazers: Martin Luther King Jr., will be published by Penguin Random House in December 2020.

Christine is a member of the Association of Black Women Historians, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and serves as an Ambassador for Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Christine regularly partners organizations on educational initiatives including Teaching for Change, Turning the Page, An Open Book Foundation, First Book, Eaton Workshop and Writers and Artists Across the Country. Christine currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lee Montessori Public Charter School in Washington, DC.