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Yellowhammer State is filled with great African American leaders from the past, present, and future. We thank our West Alabama community partners, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Delta Phi Lambda Chapter, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Xi Omega Chapter, for their continued support.

Black History Maker of Alabama – Olivia Grace Boman

Olivia Grace Boman
Olivia Grace Boman

Olivia Grace Boman, a spirited 10-year-old author of children's books, embodies a love for fun and storytelling. With a passion for reading and sharing tales, she takes pride in advocating for literacy and fostering family connections through the joy of books.

This Alabama author is a fifth-grade student. She resides in Tuscaloosa with her father, Atokie; her mother, Victoria; and her older brother, Noah.

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Her debut novel, "Blessings," from The Adventures of Olivia Grace Book Series, encourages us to embrace and appreciate our blessings one by one. This book achieved a place on Amazon's Top 100 Christian E-Book list and is being prominently featured at public libraries and school literacy events across the nation.

Continuing her literary journey beyond her first book, she authored "Uniquely Different That's Me!" - an engaging work celebrating diversity and uplifting young minds. This inspirational children's book champions individuality and self-empowerment, making it an ideal tool for nurturing inclusivity and fostering a positive self-image.

What Does Black History Mean to Olivia?

“Black history means remembering those who fought for us and celebrating those who have achieved great things through determination, perseverance, and hard work. I am able to have the things I have and do the things I do because of strong black men and women who stood for what was right. I love black history because it is my history, and I am grateful. I am Olivia Grace Boman, and I am Black History.”

Boman reminds us that we are perfectly perfect, uniquely different, one of a kind, and wonderfully made. Being yourself is the most amazing thing you can be.

Click here to visit to learn more about Olivia's reading challenge, word adventure, reading tips, and more. Olivia firmly believes reading is fun, reading is cool, reading is life and reading is an adventure!

2023 Black History Makers of Alabama


2022 Black History Makers of Alabama

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