Everyday Heroes: Learning from the Careers of Successful Black Professionals
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Everyday Heroes are people from our communities who have achieved success in their own areas of activity and who inspire us to do better.
The stories of these sixteen achievers will provide education, offer inspiration and promote aspiration in an easy to read format for young readers everywhere.
What does it take to be a successful architect, lawyer, actuary, composer or inventor? What was the best advice ever given to one of the UK’s leading black medical consultants? These role models offer invaluable learning, not only about what it takes to succeed in their chosen careers, but also about their own journeys, their influences, and the life lessons they have learned along the way.
A collection of interviews with sixteen professionals – ‘everyday’ heroes – from different careers including law, accountancy, music, publishing, medicine, banking and architecture. The book also includes projects and exercises to help students assess their own skills and identify potential career routes.
‘The real success of this book lies not just in the stories it tells, but in how it does the telling. In a direct and practical style, it explains how we can identify our own unique footprints.’
Foreword by Professor Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN
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‘This is not the first book aimed at raising the aspirations of African/Caribbean children, but where it differs from most is that it takes "success" away from the realms of celebrity, and grounds it in the reality of those unsung heroes all around you. So, let's stop expecting Trevor Macdonald, Diane Abbott or Rio Ferdinand or Lewis Hamilton to inspire our children, and point out some everyday heroes closer to home; because in my experience, they usually bring more sustainable results.’
Henry Bonsu, Journalist & Broadcaster
‘Everyday Heroes reminds us that there are many paths to success. The inspiring message from the contributors is the same – work hard and learn from everyone and everything around you. A fascinating and informative collection of interviews which will inspire younger and older readers alike.’
Elsie Owusu OBE RIBA
‘If you buy only one book for your child this year, it has to be Everyday Heroes.’
Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie MBE, Co-founder, African Foundation for Development (AFFORD)
‘The must-have book for every young person!’
Helen Tucker, Parent & Director, Institute of Development & Training
‘This is a very practical and engaging book that can be used across a very wide age group. I read the book over a couple of weekends with my daughter as a way of ensuring she has a very balanced and realistic perspective on role models. The stories are down to earth and very inspiring. I mentor young adults, and this is certainly a practical and motivating read I will be recommending to them. The format is great and allows for numerous updates to ensure these Everyday Heroes remain relevant to further generations.’
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