6-Year-Old Creates Coloring Book Honoring Black Indigenous Cultures

Posted On : 05/03/2017

This 6-year-old isn’t your average curious child. She has a real thirst for culture knowledge, and she’s passing it on to others her age. Here’s why.

FLORIDA — You have to hand it to this little one, Vanae James-Bey. She and her mother, Veronica Bey, are going the distance to help ensure the Black community stays abreast regarding its history.

Black history doesn’t begin with slavery — although, that’s what public education teaches our youth.

However, that’s not what Veronica wants as her daughter’s introduction to Black history. And since Vanae is homeschooled, that definitely won’t happen.

The info…

According to Atlanta Black Star, Vanae’s coloring book is called The Indigenous Adventures of Princess Vanae. The book launched March 31 and has received strictly positive reviews!

Vanae’s book is found at the listed website for only $12.95. That’s a small price to pay to change a child’s perspective, right?

The source mentions that, in Vanae’s family, culture is quintessential.

Veronica quotes as follows.

“Culture is very important to our family. [As well as] knowing about our own indigenous roots. Being homeschooled, we tend to stick to a more Afrocentric curriculum and noticed how hard it was to find specific materials for lessons and how many other parents [and] students must feel the same.”

Veronica says that Vanae is at the age where “everything’s a question.”


Photo of 6-year-old Vanae James-Bey.

Entertain and educate…

Her mother further elaborates with the following statements.

“Our family has indigenous American roots that we are in touch with and it’s always been important for them to know and understand that. More importantly, because we have friends whose children go to public schools and are taught that Native Americans are extinct or are only taught about slavery as Black history, I didn’t want that to be my children’s introduction to their history.”

The source notes that Veronica and Vanae are nowhere near finished. Actually, Veronica says they couldn’t fit all Black cultures within the first edition of the coloring book.


Photo of Veronica Bey.

So, they’re going to release more in the future. However, they’re planning to branch off into other sectors of Black culture as well, including fictional writing.

I mean, just as there are children’s books for several topics, why not make some with Black families at the center, right?

These two definitely have awesome ideas, and we look forward to more from them in the future.

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