Thank you for your interest in this book. I wrote it in hopes of showing all children that they can do whatever they want to do in life. I specifically hope to assist in developing the self-esteem of African American children in order to help them develop the resiliencies they will need to be successful in life. Each of the individuals mentioned in this book have achieved greatness in their lives. In the following pages, I have given a brief synopses of their accomplishments. I pray that this is just the starting point of your investigation into their amazing lives.
Studies have shown that teaching kids about their culture and involving them in activities that promote racial pride and connection—helps to offset the discrimination and racial prejudices children face by the outside world.
While this book features prominent Black figures, I cannot stress enough that it is for children of all races and cultures. It is important in a society founded on the promise of equality that the contributions of all people be adequately represented and respected. What better place to start this process that in the minds of young people.