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Let’s Celebrate Black History Month- 5 Best Books, Voices and Historical Figures

Let’s Celebrate Black History Month- 5 Best Books, Voices and Historical Figures

Last week, I was recording a podcast on a panel about how we, as a community, can empower youth in our area and the topic came up about how can we better support specifically people of color, our LGBTQIA+ communities, and other disadvantaged people.

It got my thinking; how can youth feel empowered and hopeful about the future when there is under representation in the media. Outside of athletes and the arts, could you name 5 Famous African American business owners? Inventors? Millionaires? Change makers? Designers? I can’t.

Plus, since this is Black History Month, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite books, voices, and historical figures that should have gotten more credit than they did. Here are some of my favorites that help to bring awareness around racism, diversity, and celebrating People of Color.

In this week’s podcast I talk all about it, to listen click HERE.

In doing some research for this episode I found this awesome book recommendation blog. Check out the article 7 Anti-Racist Book Recommendations HERE.

One book that is on my reading list is How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi. This is one of the most popular books right now and I am eager to dive in and learn more. It got me thinking about the best books that I have read, which were written by people of color. The books, don’t begin to cover it, so check out the list below.

5 Most Influential POC Voices in My Life

1. Priscilla Shirer

Awaken: 90 Days with the God Who Speaks was the first devotional I ever actually stuck with. I have so many breakthroughs with this devo and I learned so much through the journaling process. My biggest takeaway was “seek and you shall find” God, peace, hope, laughter, a good friend, a message written in the stars. This daily devotional is the reason I started Conquer Your Pain, the reason I started speaking on large stages and the reason I have the courage to chase big dreams. Priscilla has directed and stared in several movies, written several books and devotionals and is a sought-after speaker.

2. Morgan Harper Nichols

Morgan Harper Nichols is a poet and artist who creates beautiful custom pieces based on stories, questions, or inspiration that people send her. She posts them on social media to share with the world. If are in the Cultivate Balance Community on Facebook then you have surely seen her work before. I often post her poems about hope, peace, and wisdom on my Mental Health Monday posts.

3. Daymond John

Daymond John is the creator of Shark Tank and several other businesses. He has written four books and he often shares r