Mary Ann Key Book Club: Local author highlight - Dr. Artika Tyner

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October 13, 2023

The Mary Ann Key Book Club will return for a 6th season in early 2024. In the meantime, the Mary Ann Key Book Club newsletter will highlight authors from the Twin Cities in conversation with Myron Medcalf about their books and work within the community.


Myron Medcalf and Dr. Artika Tyner discuss Dr. Tyner’s children’s book “Justice Makes a Difference"

Myron Medcalf and Dr. Artika Tyner discuss Dr. Tyner’s children’s book “Justice Makes a Difference”

"Justice Makes a Difference” (YouTube, 15:04 duration)

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Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought-after speaker, and civil rights attorney. She is committed to training students to serve as social engineers who create new inroads to justice and freedom. In recognition of her leadership and service, she is the recipient of more than two dozen awards that include: Women in Business, American Small Business Champion, International Educator Citizen, and American Bar Association Difference Makers.

She has been featured in a variety of media outlets. She is a prolific, award-winning author of adult and children’s books that include “Justice Makes a Difference” and “The Inclusive Leader: Taking Intentional Action for Justice and Equity.” Her new young adult book “Reimagining Police: The Future of Public Safety” released on October 3. She serves as a global citizen by supporting education, entrepreneurship, and women’s leadership initiatives in Africa. Dr. Tyner is the founder of Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting literacy and diversity in books.

Dr. Artika Tyner was a featured panelist in the 1st season of the Mary Ann Key Book Club. Hear more from Dr. Tyner and other panelists as they discuss Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.” A community discussion of "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents."


Resources for reading, listening, and learning

Hennepin County Library reading recommendations.

PBS "Police Reimagined: The Future of Public Safety"

Four-part community conversation series that attempts the to answer the question: Can you reduce funding for police, and limit their role in communities, while ensuring public safety for all communities?


Can’t miss library programs

Author Talk: Never Whistle at Night with Mona Susan Power and Carson Faust

Minneapolis Central Library

Monday, October 23, 6-8 p.m.

Our Stories, Ourselves: Grief and Healing Across Cultures

North Regional Library

Tuesday, October 24, 6-7:45 p.m.

Club Book With Elizabeth Acevedo

Thursday, November 9, 7-8 p.m.

Join the live, online event via


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