Let me share with you how the vision for this particularly unique publishing company evolved but before I do, let me share with you how Prosperity Publications is not your atypical publishing company. We are a conduit of change. We are actively involved in the community across several states and internationally.
Prosperity Publications understands the need for community and culture. We have been active in hosting book clubs all over the country, partnering with housing projects, public, private schools, and churches for over a decade. We conduct workshops at colleges, conventions and believe that if true grass roots efforts are not evoked into the inner psyche of the "community," we will be well on the road to becoming a permanent social underclass. It takes a village and we at Prosperity not only walk the walk but we talk the talk.
We have conducted workshops/panel discussions/and speaking engagements for the National Pan Hellenic Council, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Central State University, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Zeta Phi Beta Incorporation, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Groove Phi Groove Social organization, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. United States Army, Barton College, Limestone College, Georgia Tech University, University of Georgia, Miami-Dade College, Coker College, St. Phillips College, University of Texas at San Antonio, Duke University, University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Atlanta NPHC, US Dept. of Agriculture, RawSistaz Literary Event, Sister to Sister Sorority Luncheon Series, National Action Network, NAACP, Mainstream and Independent bookstores, Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Harlem Book Fair, The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, The Beech Institute, Fulton County Library, Queen's Library in New York just to name a few. We also have several signature workshops as well.
We invite all readers also to peruse our works and strongly encourage you to read our publications. They are and will continue to be entertaining, enlightening and empowering. Its catalyst was based on writings from three of Black America's cultural icons.
The first comes from Langston Hughes, who in writing a book review for Crisis Magazine on Richard Wright's famous novel, Native Son, raised the issue of the need for more positive characters in our stories when he asked, "Where are the Black heroes in our literature?" The greatest of all our cultural icons was alluding to the failure of Black writers to create heroes in their works. Hughes went on to elaborate, "Where, in all our books is that compelling flame of spirit and passion that makes a man say, 'I too am a hero because my race has produced heroes."
The second great influence came from another literary giant, Ralph Ellison, author of the great American classic, Invisible Man, when he made the following observation as early as 1944, "The solution to the problem confronting the Negro will be achieved when he is able to define himself for what he is and what he desires to be."
Finally we were moved by the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou:
With these three wonderful icons as our role models for the creation of a publishing company, my business partners and I formed Prosperity Publications with the goal to tell our stories our way. And our way is to provide writers and readers with publications of all genres that carry a positive message about our history and heritage.
Prosperity Publications understands the need for community and culture. We have been active in hosting book clubs all over the country, partnering with housing projects and schools.
We invite all writers who share our vision to submit their works for review.
We invite all readers also to peruse our works and strongly encourage you to read our publications. They are and will continue to be entertaining, enlightening and empowering.