Dr. Florita Bell Griffin is the Creative Director at ARC Communications, LLC, of Texas, and the author of – “The Little Flower Vignettes – Story Behind The Story”. She is the producer of Florita Bell Griffin’s Little Flower® International Cultural Art Project also known as the Little Flower® Literacy Project.
In January 2016, during the American Library Association (ALA) Mid Winter Meetings in Boston, MA., Griffin was announced as the winner of the 2016 Zora Neale Hurston Award (ZNH). The annual achievement award is administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, and sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers. Griffin will actually receive the ZNH Award during the ALA Annual Conference June 2016 in Orlando, FL. The award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership and tireless efforts in promoting literacy and African American literature through the creation of the Little Flower® Literacy Project.
A native North Carolinian, Griffin grew up in Wadesboro, and graduated from Bowman Sr. High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Broadcasting and Cinema from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Urban Planning, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Science from Texas A&M University.
As an Urban Planner and Urban and Regional Scientist, Griffin is concerned with analytical approaches to problems that are specifically urban, rural and regional in nature. Functional illiteracy among African American youth and youth in general, and its link to the economic stability of communities is an urban, rural and regional problem that deeply concerns her. She believes that improving literacy is the way forward for communities who want to boost their local economy, and that investing in creative literacy vehicles today is necessary for building a solid and secure future tomorrow.
Florita Bell Griffin’s Little Flower International Cultural Art Project uses storytelling and components of artistic media as a stimulus for developing literacy and performance skills, while fostering self-esteem, confidence, vision, diversity, and imagination in children from around the world. Artistic Media included in the project’s ventures include: paint, sculpture, film, literature, performing arts, photography, music, video games and Transmedia storytelling.
Dr. Griffin is the co-host of the Little Flower Literacy and Economics Radio Show, an affiliate of Marketing Pulpit International, Washington DC, which airs each Thursday morning via Blogtalkradio.
A member of The Church Without Walls in Houston Texas, Dr. Griffin serves as the Angel Tree Ministry Christian Education Coordinator. Her spiritual gift is encouragement.
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