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Springfield Counselor Seeks To Distribute Books By Black Authors To Missouri Schools

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A Springfield counselor is asking for donations to bring books by Black authors to classrooms across the state.


Keith Wilson decided to use his private therapy practice, New Leaf, to get more books by Black authors to Missouri schools.  He said he hopes the books help students learn that different perspectives matter.

Wilson said his fundraising program would give 30 copies of a title to each classroom that asks for it, as well as lesson plans tailored to that book. The authors include Toni Morrison, Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou as well as more contemporary Black authors.  


Wilson has started a donation page on Fundly to cover the cost of the book sets.


You can find more, including the list of titles, on our website:



Below is the list of titles and the price each set of 30 books goes for.

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker - $200 per set 
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - $240 per set 
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison - $300 per set 
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - $360 per set 
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - $195 per set 
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - $300 per set 
  • Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes - $360 per set 
  • Native Son by Richard Wright - $300 per set 
  • Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup - $240 per set 
  • Rasin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry - $210 per set 
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead - $390 per set
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - $240 per set
Josh Conaway is a graduate of Missouri State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Affairs. He works as a news reporter and announcer at KSMU. His favorite part of the job is exploring the rich diversity of the Ozarks and meeting people with interesting stories to share. He has a passion for history and running.