With February being Black History Month, there is no better time to learn about inspiring African American's throughout History. Click HERE to view our list of children's books featuring African American protagonists and also scroll down to read about five young entreprenuers who are making a difference in their communities!
Moziah Bridges created Mo’s Bows: Custom-made bow tie and accessories, becoming a business owner at just 9 yrs old! They have sold over 600,000 worth of products and even inked a seven figure, one year licensing deal with the NBA in 2017! Check out his book Mo’s and Bows: A Young Person’s Guide to Start- Up Success.
Maya Penn is an Entrepreneur, philanthropist, animation artist and activist at just 19! She is the CEO of “Maya’s Ideas”, an Eco-friendly fashion company where she sells clothing and accessories. Ten to twenty percent of her profits are donated to local and global charities and organizations she is passionate about. She has made appearances on the View and has done three TED Talks! Check out her book- You Got This!: Unleash Your Awesomeness, Find Your Path, and Change Your World.
Haile Thomas is 19 years old, an international speaker, wellness & compassion activist, vegan food & lifestyle content creator, the youngest to graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (at age 16), and the founder/CEO of the non-profit HAPPY (Healthy, Active, Positive, Purposeful, Youth).- hailevthomas.com In her book “The Supernatural Kids Cookbook: Haile’s Favorites” she shares tips on healthy eating, cooking 101 and fifty kid friendly recipes.
On August 15, 2014, Mo’ne Davis was the first female pitcher to pitch a winning game in Little League World Series. That same year she became the first Little League Player to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. For More information take a look at her book: Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name.
Messiah Bentley, also known as Super Siah is a singer, influencer and Youtuber with 2.86 million subscribers. His first appearance on Youtube was on his parent’s channel. Because of the videos success they decided to create a channel for their son and the name Super Siah was born. His kid friendly videos consist of challenges such the “Freeze Dance Challenge”, the “Hide and Seek Challenge” and Slime Challenges as well as fun music videos: “School is out’, “Love my Life” and “Easter Bunny”. If your child is interested in starting a Youtube channel check out these books!
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