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Black Authors Festival @Sag Harbor
Community Children's Corner

August 3, 2024 - 51 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

We invite the community to our Community Children's Corner. Join us and enjoy...

Literary Activities for Children - Book Giveaways - Games - Coloring - Life Size Book Characters - FUN & More

Black Authors Festival

Community Children's Corner Facilitator

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Mimi Dixon is a highly motivated and dynamic thought leader with +20 years of expertise in Integrated, Shopper & Sports marketing for leading global brands. She describes herself as a “Big Idea Generator, Activation Master, Strategic Thought Leader and Passionate Marketer”. Currently, she is Director – Brand Activation & Content at Crayola. In this role, she spearheads advertising, public relations, shopper marketing, national marketing campaigns social media & influencer marketing and digital & content imagery. Most recently, she led the development & activation of Crayola’s 2020 Colors of the World skin tone crayon launch which garnered over three billion impressions to date and has gone on to win various marketing, diversity & inclusion & product industry awards including a 2020 TOTY (Toy of The Year) award for Creative Toy of the Year.

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Black Authors Festival

Community Children's Corner Facilitator

Parker Todd is a young scholar, charming, smart with an infectious smile. Now a teenager, he’s is truly defying all odds after being diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease at birth. Parker has been pain crisis-free for several years. In June of 2023 Parker graduated from High School and is now a College Freshman. At the tender age of 11, he started gaining experience in video production, coding and app development as well as engineering.


In 2016, Parker was involved in an Emmy nominated multi-part story on PIX11 News called Sickle Cell Disease: A Silent Killer. At 13-years old Parker joined dozens of other Sickle Cell advocates, doctors, nurses and pharmaceutical representatives in Albany to champion a new Sickle Cell bill. While in Albany, Parker spoke on a panel and shared his experiences with lawmakers to educate them on the impact the disease has on hundreds of thousands of Americans. Months after his visit to Albany, NYS Assembly passed the Sickle Cell Treatment Act.


Parker is also an outspoken advocate for children struggling with Sickle Cell Disease. Parker is a leader in his community, he has travelled to countless schools and hospitals to read his award winning books  “The Adventures of the Sickler: The Transformation.” & “The Adventures of the Sickler: Battle of Two Evils” to inspire children.


In the Spring of 2023, Parker has literally taken on new heights as a young aviator, flying planes and training to become a pilot.

The National Geographic- Reading textbook in Japan, included Parker’s work as an author in their textbook in 2024. Parker is a great friend, son and brother to his sister.

Black Authors Festival

Community Children's Corner Facilitator

After the birth of her son, Tracé Wilkins Francis focused more on her first dream of writing. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and has written for Innervision Magazine and an online women’s ministry. She has received several community awards, including the 2019 Women Who Rock Their Roles. Tracé is the founder and owner of Annie Jean Publishing, Inc., which is named in memory of her maternal and paternal grandmothers. This fall, she launched the Adult Division of the company with the release of certified etiquette consultant, certified book coach, authorpreneur, and ministry leader, Linda J. Williams's book, "Success on Your Knees: A Seven-Month Devotional for Entrepreneurs." Tracé currently lives in New York with her husband and son Joseph, aka “Jo Jo Bean,” the inspiration behind her book series.

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