UNION, NJ – A Union 14-year old will be launching her third book next week, a coloring/activity book (“Color Explosion Activity Book”) dedicated to motivating young girls.
Dasia Edmond, who will be entering Union High School as a freshman next month, is considered a teen gender equality activist and athlete. Edmond has experienced success already -- her first autobiographical book describes how she broke through barriers as the first girl to play for a football league; and her second, is about dealing with her natural hair journey. She said her third book is “just another part of my journey”.
“I enjoy coloring,” said Edmond. “I basically walked into a store to get coloring books and I was like, ‘Ma, these are boring!’ My mom is the type who says if you don’t see it, you better create it, so that’s just what I did. I decided to write some affirmations and come up with illustrations about my own life that I thought would inspire other girls.”
Affirmations encouraging readers to read, believe, dream and go after their goals are prominent in the book along with images of her Edmond holding her autobiographies, dealing with hair struggles, playing football and basketball and other activities.
“I want kids to see themselves in my story and to do more than just color to relax or whatever,” she said. “I want them to find the strength to be leaders and to be great and positive in all they do. I also want them to see positive images of young women of color and to understand that #blackgirlmagic is real.”
Edmonds new book will be available on Amazon.com beginning August 20.