Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Sessions.
Brittany, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Growing up, I was always interested in stories. So naturally, I read everything I could get my hands on. When I look back at my passion for history, it comes as no surprise that I centered my business and my educational pursuit upon my love for Black history. My passion for all things Black history began at a young age. I was around 9 years old when I became acutely aware of the lack of Black history being taught in traditional K-12 public schools. I watched an interview on TV that featured a young Tupac Shakur; in that interview, he talked about the importance of obtaining knowledge and learning new things. He also spoke about the Black Panther Party and named a couple of its original members. I had never heard of the Black Panther Party at that time, but it sparked an interest in me to want to research the organization. From there, I began uncovering a slew of new events, people, and places. The more I read and discovered, I realized that there was so much I didn’t know, and the desire to learn about Black history grew.
What was great for me, throughout my time growing up, I met so many people who helped to foster my love. Everyone from family, to teachers, to my local librarian, would tell me about new people, or eras that I may not have known about sending me on a quest to find out more. When I began my undergraduate degree, I knew right off that I wanted to major in African American Studies. Both my bachelor’s and master’s degree are in African American Studies. My desire has always been to share what I have learned with others, especially with those who have a similar desire to learn about Black history. That is what made me create Black History Rocks.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has not always been smooth. There have been learning curves, along with small and large obstacles that have stood in my way. Honestly, for me, my biggest struggle has been with imposter syndrome. It will make me second guess myself and whether or not I am qualified to have a platform sharing all that I share. But, I am lucky to be surrounded by a stellar group of people who remind me that I am qualified and my perspective and voice are needed in this space, at this time.
As you know, we’re big fans of Black History Rocks. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Black History Rocks’ mission is to celebrate the fullness of Black history by sharing the stories of men, women, children, and events that have shaped the Black community. In addition to sharing those stories, I also highlight historical sites that should be visited. When I think about my brand, I am most proud of the number of people I have impacted thus far. I love getting messages from followers who tell me that they learned about someone or something that they never knew about before. Those messages push me to continue on my journey. I am currently working on several new projects for Black History Rocks that should be released soon.
To keep up to date with Black History Rocks, please follow me on social media.
Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
Yes, yes, and yes. There are apps, books, and podcasts that I tap into daily that help enhances my life. Here are just a few:
Books: The Little Black Book of Success Laws of Leadership for Black Women by Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood, and Rhonda Joy McLean, We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers, Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab, Don’t Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller, and Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis.
Apps: Forest- it is an app for productivity that blocks out things on your phone that can become a distraction. You can also add a plug-in on your computer to block out specific websites or programs and get work done. Google’s entire suite of products has been extremely helpful because I can access them on my phone, computer, or tablet which makes it easy to complete work on the go.
Podcasts: The Quote of the Day Show | Daily Motivational Talks by Sean Croxton, Therapy for Black Girls by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, Your First Million by Arlan Hamilton, The Cathy Heller Show by Cathy Heller, Black Girl Creative by Alecia Renece, How I Built This with Guy Raz, The Mindset Mentor by Rod Dial and Kast Media, and Look On The Bright Side by Jenell B. Stewart.
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