I was born in Memphis, Tennessee where I lived until moving to New York City at the age of eleven years old. After attending three years of junior high school in the city, my family and I moved to Mount Vemon, New York where I attend high school for three years also. Immediately after graduation, I became a telephone operator for two and a half years before entering college in Pennsylvania. Upon recieving a degree in education, I began my career as an elementary school teacher in Mount Vemon, New York that lasted for thirty-five years. It was during that time I pursued and earned a Master’s Degree in education and reading. Since retiring in 2003, I have worked as a substitute teacher and a volunteer in the same school system. I have also written ten books and has appeared in Who’s Who in American Education Publications.
Remembering Our Black Trailblazers and Their Legacies is not a book based on one individual’s life story. It is about many extraordinary individuals who made a commitment to their people and to the world. In spite of the racial divide and the negative circumstances of many. It often came at a tremendous cost, nevertheless, such adversity fueled their determination to make a difference in those lives. Their brave actions and significant contributions impacted the lives of other in a positive way as well. They were certainly instrumental in changing the course of not only American history but also World history. The men and woman mentioned in this book are but a fraction of those that were truly responsible for helping to bring about change. Their dedication and hard work allowed them to rise above the prevailing prejudices with pride and dignity.
It is my hope that the thirty-four brief biographies in the book, will inspire readers to do additional research of those worthy individuals. It is worth noting that the difficulties of their time did not prevent their efforts.
Q & A
1. What inspired you to write your book?
Finding out that so many children of all races are unaware of the great contributions African-Americans have made to this great nation inspired me to write this book.
2. What was the most challenging part of writing your story?
Gathering the information for this project and checking its facts and figures with varying sources was the most challenging part of this project.
3. Why did you decide to self-publish?
It’s just not easy to get an unknown’s work noticed or picked up by traditional publishing companies.
4. As an author, when did you first discover your love for writing?
As an elementary, I did a lot of writing with my children. So in my retirement, it comes natural.
5. What is your philosophy of writing?
You must choose an audience, then write what you know.
6. Career-wise, what are your future plans?
I’m retired, I don’t plan to start another career. Writing for youth is what I like to do.
7. What is your advice to up and coming authors?
Stay focused on your writing agenda regardless of the opinions of others. Take a few coursed in writing as well.
8. How was your experience with BookVenture?
So far, it’s been fine.
9. Were you satisfied with the outcome of your book?
Yes, I am satisfied with the outcome of my book.
10. Would you recommend our services to fellow authors?
I’ll have to wait until the process is completed and I have received all that the purchased package offered. Once that’s done, I would definitely say, yes.