The year is 2012. I turn on the TV to discover an unarmed teen has been shot as he walks from his local convenience store. News and media outlets repeatedly show the horrific images of the senseless murder. I begin to hold my nephew a little tighter.
I think to myself, "I NEED to do something. I am able to digest the news I am hearing and seeing, but what about younger individuals of color? My nephew is growing up in a world that at times, does not cherish and celebrate his life like I do. I need to make him aware of his existence and show him that it is okay to have brown skin."
...an idea was born.
Brown Boy is an illustrated story for children of color that will produce pivotal conversations surrounding social issues affecting the African American community. In simple words and images that all children can understand, Brown Boy highlights a brown child’s depiction in society, past tragedies, and a mother’s concern with establishing a barrier of love and protection. Brown Boy encourages young readers of color to also focus on excelling in literacy. We will accomplish this by partnering with schools and communities to utilize this book as a tool to confront tough conversations and improve cultural awareness.
Our hope is that this story will plant the seed of pride and encourage families to continue the conversation needed to build a strong generation.
Please help make a difference in the lives of children who need it most. You have an opportunity to inspire young people of color to realize that despite past events in our society, their future is much brighter! With your help, we will be able to get this book out into the world! Imagine how it could be if from a very early age, you knew everything you needed to know to live an amazing life, no matter what the outside circumstances were. What an amazing world we could create.