An Exclusive Video Interview with the Illustrator of the New York Times Bestseller I Am Enough
by Traci Swain
“We as people have a duty to use our talents and share them with the world.” —Keturah A. Bobo
For illustrator Keturah A. Bobo, creating art to express her point of view is both rewarding and essential.
Keturah explored her passion for art and honed her talents by getting involved with and being inspired by the Black arts community in Columbus, Ohio, the natural hair movement, and her desire to see Black women represented in a more positive light in the media. She found her niche creating a stunning picture book series with actress and activist Grace Byers that uplifts young readers of every background.
In this exclusive video interview, Keturah shares where her art comes from, what her artistic journey has been like so far, and what she hopes readers take away from her work. Watch it with your class to get students excited to dive into I Am Enough.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, with family roots in Detroit, Michigan, Keturah was homeschooled from an early age by her mother, who encouraged her passion for art when she was just two years old. She decided to become a full-time artist after graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2006. Keturah has always been inspired by her community and especially the beauty of natural hair. Her work uplifts and shines a light on those who are far too often underrepresented. She can be found online at keturahariel.com.
Grace Byers is an actress and activist whose breakout role was in Fox’s smash hit series Empire. She now stars on The Gifted. As a multiracial young girl and CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), Grace was bullied throughout her childhood. In her spare time, she volunteers with the nonprofit anti-bullying organization Saving Our Daughters. Her first picture book, the New York Times bestseller I Am Enough, was born out of her impassioned desire to empower young girls against the negative effects of bullying. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Trai Byers, and their little Maltipoo, Baron.