In 2012, the news about Trayvon Martin shocked many of us, leaving behind a flurry of questions and emotions.
For Daphnie, thinking about her 5 year old nephew made her feel like she needed 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."
It was in this moment that the idea for the Brown Boy book was born.
This book aims to #StartTheConversation between parents, educators and children about tough social issues facing the African American community. It also aims to bring about cultural awareness and encourage young readers of color to focus on excelling in literacy.
When we learn about unfortunate tragedies like Tamir Rice, it becomes increasingly evident that we must have these integral conversations with our young ones to reinforce that they matter.
If you ever felt like you wanted to have that conversation but not sure exactly how to, then Brown Boy may be the right book for you.
The presale ends today and it will be officially released tomorrow in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.