“Black Wall Street: The Spirit of Community is essential for any picture book collection exploring community, racial equity, and self-reliance. While the events explored are tragic, the book leaves us feeling hopeful and reflective,” said Malene Golding, Literacy Consultant at Golding Touch Education Consulting, LLC who was full of praises for the book.
The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the tragic event and this motivated the writing and publishing of “Black Wall Street: The Spirit of Community” by LaQuitta Barnes. Written for children between the ages of 8 and 12, the book beams into the resilient nature of the Greenwood community and how it was able to engage a turnaround.
In the book, “Black Wall Street: The Spirit of Community”, LaQuitta Barnes exposes children to a story that is often overlooked in history books and it highlights the beauty of the over 300 Black-owned businesses and residential hub located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This book tells how a community rebounded from a tragic event and restored the legacy of entrepreneurship, success, and the importance of community.
An Amazon review on the book said, “LaQuitta Barnes first book shows the promise of a writer destined to bring to light the untold stories of our country. Like many aspects of our nation’s divided history, the story of Black Wall Street is less known than it should be. Mrs. Barnes brings the characters to the fore in a factual, yet touching manner.”
Parents and educators who want to expose kids to historical facts and promote the importance of community members supporting each other should get their hands on the book. It also ties well with financial literacy and entrepreneurship for the youth.
The book is available for purchase on Amazon.
In a related development, LaQuitta Barnes has launched an educational platform – https://www.ourhistorytold.com/. The platform seeks to shine a light on historical figures and events often overlooked in history books. The goal of Our History Told is to bring awareness and spark discussion among families and communities. Through literature, the platform plans to educate, inspire, and encourage learners to feel the pulse of history as it beats in their everyday lives.
Our History Told serves as the gateway for learners to see how these historical events continue to impact their future.
About LaQuitta Barnes
LaQuitta Barnes is a reading teacher with over thirteen years of experience teaching scholars within the public school system in Houston, TX. She is passionate about exposing scholars to culturally inclusive resources that help inspire and challenge them to make rich textual connections.
Barnes was inspired to write “Black Wall Street: The Spirit of Community” because of the lack of age-appropriate text to teach notable moments in history such as this amazing story.
Entrepreneurship is also close to her heart. For the past fourteen years, she has found success as a licensed realtor and real estate investor. The rich history of Black Wall Street resonates with her family’s goal of promoting the importance of entrepreneurship and generational wealth. Along with her husband and two children, LaQuitta has a passion for revitalizing her hometown by providing quality homes and creating a stronger sense of community.
Purchase the book on Amazon today and visit https://www.ourhistorytold.com/ to learn more about the educational platform created by LaQuitta Barnes.
Company Name: Our History Told LLC
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