- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is launching its first graphic novel for young visitors based on a Swahili mythological figure from East Africa.

The museum says the graphic novel was made available Monday on its website and will be provided to several Washington-area middle schools for students in creative writing workshops.

The novel was designed by Jiba Molei Anderson, a professor of animation and video game design at Chicago State University. Anderson also owns African-American educational comic book publisher Griot Enterprises.

Museum educator Nicole Shivers says this is a good opportunity to teach young people about Africa and about the African diaspora through visual arts.

The participating District of Columbia schools include Sousa Middle School, Hart Middle School, Jefferson Academy Middle School and Johnson Middle School.

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