Author: Labelle Nambangi
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Wise Ink
Women Who Soar shares the stories of these inspirational figures—leaders, entrepreneurs, visionaries, mothers, sisters—and their fight against patriarchal culture. LaBelle passionately explores how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go to dispel deeply ingrained sexism, whether it’s through the stories we tell our children, the educational opportunities we provide, or the support we lend to one another. No matter the country, no matter the society, the battle of breaking the patriarchy is far from over. But when women band together, there’s no height they can’t reach.
LaBelle Nambangi is a college readiness/self-esteem building director, cultural liaison, and community educator working with African immigrants, refugee students, and their families. She has worked with over 3,000 girls and boys for over ten years, organizing college tours, building leadership skills, and teaching on HIV and pregnancy prevention and financial literacy.
She holds a master’s in health and human services from St. Mary’s University and a speaker certification from the Minnesota Speaker Academy; she speaks on topics including youth image, female self-esteem, and women’s empowerment. LaBelle is a recipient of the Minnesota Women’s Foundation Community Impact Award and the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award, along with several other awards for her work and leadership within the African community in Minnesota. She has been featured in the Minnesota Women’s Press and on CCX Media and Comcast Newsmakers. LaBelle lives in New Hope, Minnesota.
Concerned about the lack of diversity in children’s books, Charnaie Gordon and her two kids are bridging the literacy gap with their new project that brings diverse books to children in each of the 50 states.
Gordon founded the Here Wee Read platform, which highlights diversity in children’s books, featuring multiple races, cultures and religions. The curated books also teach children about important subjects such as immigration and politics.
Through “50 States 50 Books”, Gordon and her two children are sending these significant books to non-profit organizations, libraries, schools, and more, to every state in the country.
Since launching this project, Gordon shares that several people have felt inspired to help, and have bought titles from Here Wee Read’s Amazon Wish List, that includes multiple sections such as “Juneteenth Books”; “Asian Picture & Chapter Books”; and “Latino/Bilingual Picture Books”. READ MORE........