Upcoming Events

This page is updated as events are confirmed.

Due to the COVID-19 requirements, we will be making video/visual presentations – only upon request.  Please keep your families safe during these unpredictable times.

First Freedom Publishing congratulates K. I. Knight for winning two categories in the prestigious 2020 Independent Publisher’s Book Awards.

Fate & Freedom Series – Best Series (Bronze)

Unveiled – The Twenty & Odd – Best Reference (Silver)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 IPPY Awards banquet in New York City has been cancelled.

Book Trailer VIDEO Release for UNVEILED – The Twenty & Odd.

Unveiled – The Twenty & Odd –  (This snipit)  Tells the story of the story behind the arrivial of the first documented Africans brought to Old Point Comfort, Virginia on August 25, 1619.  Unveiled – The Twenty & Odd discusses the misconceptions and the documentation Knight found correcting these false narratives.

February 13-14th 2020 – AUTHORS in Schools presented by the Amelia Island Book Festival.

October 10, 11, 12 – Afro American Historical & Genealogical Society National Conference in Hyattsville, Maryland.

International Book Awards and Author’s Luncheon.

October 8th 7:30pm  Central Florida Genealogy Society

Orlando Family History Center 45 East Par Street, Orlando, FL  32804

Program:    1619-2019   Correcting a 400 yr old false narrative.  UNVEILED – The Twenty & Odd.

August 25, 2019 – Barnes & Noble Book – Hampton, Virginia.   1-3pm.  Knight will discuss her 13 year journey to correct a 400yr. old false narrative.

August 23 and 24th.  Knight will be attending several events during the 400th commemoration in Hampton, Virginia.  Follow K. I. Knight, Author Facebook page for live updates during the commemoration weekend from Fort Monroe, Old Point Comfort, Virginia.

August 21, 2019  – Hampton History Museum, Hampton Virginia.


“Fate & Freedom Book III – On Troubled Shores” will be released.  The long-awaited conclusion of the International Award winning series.

August 19, 2019  K. I. Knight was a special guest on “Coast Live,” a talk show on CBS affiliate WTKR TV3 in Norfolk, Virginia.  Knight discussed her literary work about the first Africans who landed in Virginia in 1619.

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August 3, 2019  FAPA President’s 2019 Book Awards –  Knight takes home the gold for best Adult – nonfiction along with two silver medals for best reference and best cover design.

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August 2, 2019  Florida Author’s and Publisher’s Association. 

Knight will speak at the Annual Florida Authors and Publishers Conference on the subject of “Research.”   Knight’s research has supplied new evidence on the first documented Africans in Virginia, correcting the old narrative and giving them their true place in America’s vast history.

June 6-7, 2019 

Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage – 3rd Annual Conference.  *Speaker

1619: Their Legacy Lives On.  Four-hundred year Commemoration of the First Documented Africans to Arrive in English-Colonial America.

Knight was presented with the Phillis Wheatley Literary Award for UNVEILED – The Twenty & Odd by the Sons and Daughters of the US Middle Passage.  Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing

June 1, 2019 

Educational Forum – Hampton, Virginia.  (times to be announced)

May 18, 2019

On May 18th, 2019 “Unveiled – The Twenty & Odd” will be released! This work will leave the world scratching its head, wondering where the current narrative regarding the first Africans came from.

“Unveiled – The Twenty & Odd” will correct the narrative surrounding their landing, their numbers, and the events which effected their status. Stay Tuned for upcoming book signing locations.

October 11-13th 2018 Philadelphia, PA.

Knight will be attending the 2018 National Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Conference as well as the Book Awards Program for her National Award Winning Historical Trilogy, “Fate & Freedom”.

August 3-4, 2018  Orlando, Florida.

Knight will be attending the Florida Author’s and Publisher’s Association’s Annual Conference.

April 21, 2018, Orlando, Florida 10am-4pm

Knight will be representing the Florida Authors and Publishers Association at the Orlando Book Festival @ Orange County Library, Orlando, FL.

Previous Events

November 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

Celebrate the long awaited release of Fate & Freedom Book II – The Turning Tides.  Book signing and refreshment.

Winter Garden Heritage Foundation

21 East Plant Street,  Winter Garden, Fl  34787

January 19, 2017 @2pm – Marion County Genealogical Society, Ocala, Fl. Marion County Library
Featured speaker : First Africans arrive in English America, August, 1619.

September 8, 2016@ 5:00pm

Pastfinders Genealogy Society of Lake County, FL.

Cooper Memorial Library, Clermont, Fl. –  Guest Speaker
August 19, 2016 – August 21, 2016Hampton history museum logo

First African Landing Day Commemoration, Old Point Comfort, Hampton, Virginia.

Contributor to the Hampton History Museum’s First Africans Exhibit. MUST SEE!!! Opens August 20, 2016

May 25-28, 2016 

11th Conference of the International Society for the Oral Literature of Africa (ISOLA)  University of Florida, Gainesville.

Guest Speaker – Stories of Yesteryear

May 19, 2016 2:00 – 4:00pm

Marion County Genealogy Society @ Marion County Library, Ocala, FL.   Featured Speaker.

April 20, 2016  6:30-8:00pm

Florida Writers Association – Orange Park Library, Orange Park, FL      Genealogy panelist.  Open Q&A.

September 20, 2015
Preservation Virginia’s Cape Henry Lighthouse, Virginia Beach, Virginia. 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
The Piracy that changed America! Presentation and Book signing.

September 19, 2015
Preservation Virginia, Bacon’s Castle, African Diaspora. Featured speakers: Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Joe Jenkins, Professor Russell Hopson and K. I. Knight, Author of the Award Winning Series Fate & Freedom. Book signing to follow.

Thursday, September 10, 2015
ALTRUSA International of Starke, Florida Club meeting – Featured Speaker
12:00 Noon
Saturday, August 22, 2015 “Discovering the Twenty & Odd” program and book signing @ Hampton History Museum, Hampton, VA 3:00 – 5:00PM

August 20-22, 2015 Celebrating African Landing Day events, Hampton Roads, VA

August 17-18 Visiting the African American Historical Society of Surry County, Virginia.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Book Signing / Discussion – Bradford County Library, Starke, FL 6:30 – 8:00
Tracing the Sweat Ancestry from Bradford County, Florida to Surry County, Virginia and the first “Twenty and Odd.”

August 7-8, 2015 Florida Authors and Publishers Annual Conference.
Awards: Best Historical Fiction, and Best Cover Design FAPA-Awards Decal-Gold small

Monday, June 8, 2015
Genealogy Talk / Workshop” 10:30am.
Bradford County Library, 456 W. Pratt Street, Starke FL. 32091
“From Bradford County, Florida to Virginia 1619.”

Ongoing Genealogy Classes – Summer Schedule
Bradford County Library, 456 W. Pratt Street, Starke, FL 32091
Tuesday June 23, 2015 @ 10AM
Wednesday June 24, 2015 @10AM
Tuesday July 7, 2015 @10AM
Wednesday July 8, 2015 @10AM
Tuesday July 21, 2015 @10AM
Wednesday July 22, 2015 @10AM
Tuesday August 4, 2015 @10AM
Wednesday August 5, 2015 @10AM

Saturday May 9, 2015Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Day – Celebrating Jamestown’s 408th anniversary. Book signing @ Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA. 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bookfeast“Book Feast” at the Marion County Library from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Tuesday February 24, 2015

(L-R) K. I. Knight, Dr. Lauranett Lee, African American Curator at the Virginia Historical Society and Calvin Pearson, Founder of Project 1619.

(L-R) K. I. Knight, Dr. Lauranett Lee, African American Curator at the Virginia Historical Society and Calvin Pearson, Founder of Project 1619.

K.I. Knight will join Lauranett Lee, PhD, African American curator for the Virginia Historical Society, in a joint presentation “Unknown No Longer – The First Twenty and Odd”: 5:30 – 7:00 pm (book signing to follow) Hampton history museum logo Hampton History Museum 120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA 23669 (757) 727-1610

Tuesday February 3, 2015 Book release celebration and signing: 5:30 – 7:00 pm Winter Garden Heritage Foundation 21 East Plant Street, Winter Garden, Florida, 34787 (407) 656-3244