Every summer as far back as I can remember, my Pops made me read books on African Americans who achieved the unthinkable throughout history. 

I was not allowed to go outside until I read at least one chapter and wrote a one page report on what I read. 

At the time, it felt like a pointless annoyance.  As I got older, I began to truly appreciate the blessings those summer homework assignments sowed into my life.

One of the biggest blessings was an unrelenting confidence that NO PERSON was better than me and that despite the obvious prejudices in our society, I could do anything I put my mind to.

(Side note...One petty, but useful blessing was that it's next to impossible for someone to get into a political debate with me and give me fake news around the history of when America was "great".)

It's only natural, that I want to bless my two sons the way my pops blessed me, so I bought a few books for children from a local (Fort Worth, Texas) company called, Melanin Origins.  

My boys loved the books and learned a lot.  

I'm was so impressed with what the brothers who co-founded Melanin Origins are doing to educate our youth on African America heroes that I asked the CEO Louie McClain to come on the Podcast.    

It was an absolutely great episode!  

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