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Community Highlights: Meet Alexandria Sowell of Cultural Colors

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandria Sowell.

Hi Alexandria, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Cultural Colors started as a hobby. I was experimenting with graphic design and decided to draw some public figures for fun. My first drawing was of Maya Angelou. As I looked at the screen at my black and white creation, I was struck with the idea to make a coloring book. I pieced together my passion for black history and my new hobby of graphic design to create Cultural Colors – a black history coloring book that features 20 African American leaders, athletes, activists and scholars.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Two weeks after I came up with the idea for Cultural Colors, covid hit. It took me two years to get everything together. Once everything was ready, it took three more months for it to get approved on Amazon.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Cultural Colors?
Cultural Colors is a black history coloring book highlighting both past and present African American leaders, scholars, athletes and activists. The book features 20 coloring pages as well as the bios of each public figure.

Cultural Colors is different from normal coloring books because it includes the bios of each figure. The book promotes education while being a fun activity for kids and adults to enjoy. I also believe that history is being made today. So it was important for me to include people who are making an impact in their communities in the present. People such as Lebron James, Ava Duvernay, Nipsey Hussle, and Tyler Perry are all included in Cultural Colors because of their achievements and positive impacts in the black community.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I honestly don’t believe in luck. I think everything happens for a reason. I do believe that God gave me the idea for Cultural Colors to help inspire and educate the youth. I also believe that the reason why it took two years for me to publish it is because I wouldn’t have had the knowledge and support that I have now two years ago. I am grateful for the delay.

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