“Queen of Katwe” Book Talk and Signing

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Date(s) - Friday, April 21, 2017
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture


Meet Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende in person, the individuals behind the “astonishing” (New York Times Book Review) and “inspirational” (Shelf Awareness) true story of a young chess prodigy from the slums of Uganda and her visionary coach. The book is now also a major motion picture starring Lupita Nyong’o. One day while searching for food, 9-year old Phiona meets Robert Katende. Katende is a war refugee turned missionary with an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess—a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chess­board in the dirt, Robert begins teaching the local children, with one child – Phiona – standing out. Clips of the film will be shown. Mutesi and Katende give a talk and book signing.