Kentucky State University will host “A Conversation with Synthia Saint James” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Julian M. Carroll Academic Services Building, Welcome Center, first-floor street level. The event is free and open to the public. The award-winning author/illustrator also plans to design artwork in honor of the university’s 130th anniversary.

Saint James is most celebrated for designing the first Kwanzaa stamp for the USPS in 1997, and for the international cover art for Terry McMillan’s book, Waiting to Exhale. But few know that her artwork has been internationally featured in several United States Embassies through the Art in Embassies Program since the 1990’s.


Saint James has created artwork for 17 children’s books, written three poetry books, two affirmation books, a cookbook, a play, and the autobiographical book titled Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing, which was nominated for the 2012 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional.

She is also a popular speaker, educator and architectural designer who has garnered numerous awards, including the prestigious Trumpet Award, a Coretta Scott King Award, a YWCA Silver Achievement Award, and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Saint Augustine’s University.

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