celebrating the sistas

strive publishing | Book (series #1)

Strive Publishing was founded to help solve two problems: the need for culturally relevant children’s books; and the under representation of Black authors in book publishing. “we all have a stake in the critical work of uplifting Black voices in children’s literature, and we can make the greatest impact through working together.” – Mary Taris, CEO

Celebrating the Sistas, is an annual community Leadership Recognition Awards Dinner, started by Kevin Johnson (Founder of Twin Cities Steppers Association). The award serves to recognize the outstanding contributions that African American women and women of color have made in the Twin Cities. In a collaborative effort Kevin Johnson and Mary Taris are committed to continuously uplifting and recording the biographies of past recipients of the award. With this biography series they are building a written legacy for children. Contributing to this effort, Kp Inspires created portrait illustrations of each heroine of this first series made to teach, inspire, and empower children to reach their dreams.

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