Spelman College Grad Veronica Chapman Writes “I Know I Can” To Encourage Children To Strive For Greatness
ABOUT ‘I KNOW I CAN’:
‘I Know I Can!’ is an inspiring book for everyone written by Veronica Chapman and illustrated by Daveia Odoi. The story is a book about a character named Faith, a young girl inspired by Chapman’s experience as a student at Spelman College, and by her desire to help fortify the self-esteem of Black girls, and inspire all young people, boys and girls alike, to dream big and have the courage to take action.
The Book was published under Chapman’s youth organization, Boxxout (www.boxxout.org), released in November 2015. The story is centered around a courageous girl named Faith, who while giving a valedictorian speech at her high school graduation, shares her childhood dreams and the lessons that served as the foundation for her courage.
As a child, she dreamed of touching the stars, going back in time to sing with Mahalia Jackson, and meeting with other African-American heroes. During the speech, she also discusses her childhood dreams of things that are more attainable such as visiting the Louvre in Paris, France, and embarking on a safari in South Africa! Other heroes in the book include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, and Nina Simone.
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for this book,” said an ‘I Know I Can’ reader. “I ordered it as a Christmas present for my niece because she’s having some confidence issues, but I didn’t realize how awesome this book really was and I thank God I found it because it was truly everything I was looking for.”
In addition to the children’s book, the author created an ‘I Know I Can’ Shopify store that has adorable sweatshirts and mugs available NOW and possibly dolls coming soon! She also loves talking with kids all around the world, so she does school visits, where she gets the opportunity to have special interactive with students and do a 1-2 hour presentation about what it means to be intelligent, courageous, adventurous, confident, and self-motivated.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Veronica N. Chapman is an entrepreneur, author, and playwright, having written and produced Ancestors Inc., a motivational play for teens, and The Advent of Planet Martyr: An Innovative Social Commentary, a self-published book. A graduate of Spelman College (B.A. in Spanish) and Babson College (M.B.A.), she is committed to using her gifts to act upon her ideas and improve the world. Each of her endeavors, Boxxout Enterprises, Potlucks for Progress, My Crowning Jewel, and I Know I Can!, are in line with this commitment. I Know I Can! is Veronica’s first children’s book. Chapman wrote this book because she believes that nobody can convince kids that they can’t accomplish something if they already know they can! Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to add to your home library, or purchase a gift for friends or family.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Daveia Odoi is a seasoned graphic designer and illustrator known mostly for her delightful character illustrations reflecting people of color. She shares her gifts by offering creative services through her company DNT Dynamite Design and also through her branded a collection of products called “The DynaSmiles by DNT”. When not creating, Daveia is enjoying life in New Jersey with her husband and their young son.
I Know I Can! Website:www.MyCourageousFaith.com
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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.