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Anika Nailah
Every Day in the USA

The Story of Every Day in the USA

“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 sew it into the fabric of our lives as African Americans in the 21st Century.

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

Available in Fall 2018

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 scheduled for release in the Fall of 2018.