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Anika Nailah


If you identify as a person of color, Every Day in the USA: 30 Black Moments might make you angry, want to shake your head, or even laugh out loud. If you’re white, it might make you wince or leave you bewildered. But then, what? We pick up the thread Brother Langston Hughes began in Black Misery and illustrate its relevancy—the microaggressions we still encounter every day as African Americans in the USA. [Follow the book tour!]

Words by: Anika Nailah
Illustrations by: C. Andrew Williams


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Astutely layered entry points to understanding the daily indignities people of color endure in America, so often at the hands of well-intended but oblivious white people. C. Andrew William's illustrations are perfectly executed.This is an indispensable tool for workshops, book groups, and coffee tables."

Robin DiAngelo, PhDAuthor of the NYT Best-Selling Book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism.

"No matter who you are, this book will reshape how you see race in your daily life: it will move your heart in permanent ways and inspire you into action."

Priya Vulchi & Winona GuoAuthors of Tell Me Who You Are

"With spare prose and captivating illustrations, Every Day in the USA: 30 Black Moments invites readers to pause and take stock of the enduring expressions of everyday racism. Each vignette affords an opportunity to individually examine and collectively discuss the impacts of microaggressions, the structures and institutions that support racism, and the practices of social justice. I am confident this book will become a vital resource in my teaching."

Serin Houston, PhD

Anika Nailah highlights micro-moments of racism and the toll they take on Black people’s lives. Readers of color might find themselves chuckling or grimacing in recognition. This little book runs deep.

Sharin AlpertRacial Justice Rising

It is a short and powerful book that I could relate to completely. There is no way, as a black or brown person, that you can not see yourself in these pages. This is a great literary work.

--king yaa(Body Engineer, Cape Town, South Africa)

About Anika

Anika Nailah is the founder and former director of Books Of Hope, a Boston-based, youth literacy program that engages young people to write, publish, and sell their own books.

She is a Black Writers Alliance Gold Pen Award Nominee, and her book, Free and Other Stories, was chosen as one of the best short story collections of 2002 by Black Issues Book Review and was selected for inclusion in The New York Public Library’s 2003 Books For The Teen Age List.

Inspired by Lisa Gay Hamilton’s film Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, Anika toured her National Liberation Poetry Tour Experience, a one-woman, interactive poetry performance that traveled across America to coffee houses, juvenile detention centers, community centers/art spaces, colleges/universities, and bookstores.

Currently, Anika resides in New England where she is working on two novels—an historical prequel to one of her stories in her first book, and a sci-fi piece. She also provides anti-racism consulting and writing coaching services. Anika’s latest project–an illustrated book about racism, Every Day in the USA: 30 Black Moments, is now available for purchase online and at your local bookstore. [Find out Anika’s LATEST NEWS!]