As part of the Summer of Awesome Reading literacy initiative co-sponsored by Young Women of Promise and ENC Voices of Youth, Kieanna Bruinton, our Program Director for A Promise to Read, hosted a Zoom session with Lauryn Jones aka Sumer Strawbree, the author/illustrator of Black, Brown and Beautiful on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The girls were very excited to see Sumer Strawbree on the television screen and really enjoyed listening to her inspiring and encouraging message.
The Black, Brown and Beautiful coloring book by Lauryn Jones (Sumer Strawbree) has become a favorite with our girls. Sumer is a dynamic 12 year old digital illustrator and author. The book features 27 pages with inspirational quotes.
Black, Brown, and Beautiful reminds girls and women of all ages that their body, hair, size, shape & melanin are fabulous! Powerful affirmations are sprinkled on each coloring page meant to reinforce positive self-esteem.
Each of the girls received a copy of Black, Brown and Beautiful and My Career Glow Up coloring book which features an illustration of Ketanji Brown Jackson the first black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court on the cover, to keep them inspired throughout the summer.
Funding for the Summer of Awesome Reading project has been provided by The Fund for Southern Communities and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.