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Civil Interview: Author Davina Hamilton Provides Inspiration With Debut Children’s Book ‘Riley Can Be Anything’

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Children are the essence of life and they’re society’s most sacred beings. They’re the future of the world, for crying out loud. For successful journalist, and now author, Davina Hamilton, she certainly agrees with the ideology that kids run the world.

This past week, Davina released her debut children’s book Riley Can Be Anything – a story about a young black boy named Riley, who quickly learns that as long as he puts his mind to it, he can be anything he wants to be in the world.

“I believe it’s important for young black children to be able to see characters that reflect their image in the books they read,” Davina tells us. “That said, the book’s message has appeal for all young readers.”

There’s no hiding from the fact that black children, men and women all face societal disadvantages that other races do not. Stories like Riley Can Be Anything are here to shift that narrative and to remind young black kids that they can do whatever they put their mind to.

We had an opportunity to chat with Davina prior to her book being released to get more insight on what led her to ultimately writing Riley Can Be Anything, what her kids thought of it, how they teach them about societal issues, and what’s next for Davina.


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