The John Lewis Steptoe Cultural Center

The John Lewis Steptoe Cultural Center is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to share the legacy and creativity of John Lewis Steptoe, an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator.

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Our Mission

The John Lewis Steptoe Cultural Center is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to share the legacy and creativity of John Lewis Steptoe, an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. Our goal is to instill self­‐awareness in diverse communities by developing artistic workshops, which will highlight cultural awareness and share John Lewis Steptoe’s contributions to the art world, children’s book literature, and African American history. The John Lewis Steptoe Cultural Center provides art workshops, lectures and unique learning experiences for children, families and educational organizations in his childhood community of Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn, NY).

Our Vision

The John Lewis Steptoe Cultural Center will showcase his books, illustrations, and artwork as well as provide classes for the community.

The Cultural Center will enhance community members’ lifestyle and unleash the creative spirit within. John Lewis Cultural Center’s menu of services will include:

  • Art exhibitions
  • Art classes
  • Book readings and signings

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Founder/President/CEO

Bweela Steptoe

Bweela Steptoe

Founder/President/CEO

About Bweela Steptoe

For the larger part of Bweela Steptoe’s childhood to teenage life, she was one of the models used for her father’s books. She modeled for many different characters. He used both her and her brother Javaka Steptoe, who is also an author and illustrator of children’s books, as models in “My Special Best Words” and “Daddy Is A Monster Sometimes” where she narrated the stories. She is also the model for both of the main characters of one of John Steptoe’s most famous and highly acclaimed books, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.

The third season nationwide tour of, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters has been produced by the Dallas Children’s Theater. Bweela traveled with the tour during the public shows offering John Steptoe merchandise and displayed various pieces of John Lewis Steptoe’s artwork during the duration of the performances at each venue. Bweela Steptoe also visits classrooms, libraries, colleges, universities, presenting a focus on John Lewis Steptoe the artist, her father and, person.

Bweela shares her experiences as his daughter.

Board Members

  • Tish Copeland
  • Iman Essiet
  • Nicole Frith
  • Aneesah Saleem
  • Julia Shaw

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Our Story

How We Got Started

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Where We Are Now

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Bweela Steptoe

Bweela Steptoe

Founder/President/CEO

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Board Members

The John Lewis Steptoe Cultural Center will showcase his books, illustrations, and artwork as well as provide classes for the community.

The Cultural Center will enhance community members’ lifestyle and unleash the creative spirit within. John Lewis Cultural Center’s menu of services will include:

  • Art exhibitions
  • Art classes
  • Book readings and signings

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The John Lewis Steptoe Cultural Center, P.O. Box 330170 Brooklyn, NY 11233-0170

Call Us: 347-985-6395