“My goal as a writer is to promote, preserve and share untold and under-told stories of the African American experience. This endeavor reflects my passion for history and is focused in literature for children as well as adults. My multidisciplinary artistic background infuses my work as is illustrated by my years of research and numerous presentations on Congo Square, a historic and cultural landmark in New Orleans.
Themes that resonate in my writing include community, family and courage. For young readers, I strive to craft stories that inform as well as ignite a curious desire supporting a life long passion for reading. Throughout my diverse writing and professional endeavors, there exists a common thread of intention: to engage, enlighten and inspire.”
Freddi Williams Evans is an arts education consultant and the author of Come Sunday: A Young Reader’s History of Congo Square and Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, which received the 2012 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award and has been published in French. Her research and advocacy for Congo Square influenced the New Orleans City Council to pass an ordinance in 2012 that made the popular name, “Congo Square,” the official name of the national landmark. Along with numerous essays, her speaking engagements include presentations in France (Paris, Aulnay and Bordeaux) and Senegal (Dakar and St. Louis) sponsored by the American Embassies in those locations. She participated in Fulbright Teacher Abroad programs in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Japan and additional study-travels in Ghana, Haiti and Cuba.
Evans is an award-winning author of three historically based children's books, Hush Harbor: Praying in Secret, The Battle of New Orleans - the Drummer's Story, and A Bus of Our Own. Her numerous recognitions include, New Orleans Arts Council Community Arts Award and a Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Award. She is a native of Madison, Mississippi and holds dual degrees in music and psychology from Tougaloo Collage, Tougaloo MS and a graduate degree in creative arts therapy (music) from Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA.
Grand Giot, 19th Annual Maafa Commemoration
Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 7:00 a.m.
Congo Square within Armstrong Park in New Orleans
· Presenter, National Endowment for the Humanities Workshop for Teachers, Tulane University, 2019
· Speaker, John Scott Book and Gallery, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2019
· Panelist, Purchased Lives Exhibition Public Program, Xavier University, 2019
· Presenter, Representing Enslavement Conference, University of LA at Lafayette, 2019
· “New Orleans Then and Now Presentations,” National Park Service Visitor’s Center, 2019
· Presentation, Catherine Drexel School for Southern University at New Orleans, 2019
· Black History Month Presentation, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2019
· Presenter, Regional Conference, Society of Children’s Book Writers, & Illustrators, 2019
· Keynote Lecture, 100 Years of Beat Festival, Haus de Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, 2018