Hey, come closer. My name is Anita Russell and I want to tell you about the newest installment of the Voices of the 21st Century book series. In this book, you’ll discover the messages of forty women who have channeled their passion into a mission to make a difference.
By joining forces on the pages of the book, these messengers spread their wings and expand their reach around the world. The book I’m talking about is Voices of the 21st Century: Resilent Women Who Rise and Make a Difference, published by Women Speakers Association. I am proud to be one of the forty messengers. The book releases on February 23. Visit the official website at voicesofthe21stcenturybook.com. And I’ll see you on February 23.
“Musings of a COVID-19 Baby” is the title of a short story I wrote as a co-author of a new collaborative book project. My name is Anita Russell through my work as a life coach, speaker, and author, I distrupt limited beliefs, empower deep self-knowledge, and challenge women to break barriers, unleash their true potential, and live intentionally. I’m here to tell you about my story in a collaborative book project, Voices of the 21st Century: Resilient Women Who Rise and Make a Difference,
I wrote “Musings of a COVID-19 Baby” as a tribute to my two grandsons; Cairo, a one-year-old, and Zane, a thirteen-year-old. It reflects a vision for my grandsons to exercise their birthright to freely exist in the skin in which they were born.
I wrote the story in the voice of Cairo, describung him as “a melanized baby boy born into a world plagued simultaneously by two pandemics—one biological, one systemic.” It speaks of a desire that his life, his dreams, and aspirations not be prematurely deferred, broken, or frozen. It speaks of his resilient family—three generations who have stood in protest of the racialized society into which he has been born.
I wrote this story as an indictment against the forces that have the potential to harm rather than nurture Cairo. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once remarked that a person should not be considered on the basis of skin color but on the content of their character. But problems arise when the perceived content of their character is tainted by myths, stereotypes, and ideologies that exist in a racialized society. Cairo represents the future of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through resilience and self-determination.
Voices of the 21st Century: Resilient Women Who Rise and Make a Difference releases on February 23. Visit the official website at voicesofthe21stcenturybook.com. I’ll see you on February 23!
This is my second writing project as an independent author. The book is intended to be a guide to the power of being human when confronted with social ills such as racism. It is dedicated to my grandsons. I pray their lives will be free from the need to someday protest for their right to exist as humans in Black skin. I pray their dreams will not be systematically broken or deferred.
This book was written during the COVID-19 pandemic and the call for justice. Specifically, after the killing of George Floyd, when the nation found itself under siege from two viruses—one biological and the other systemic.
It is also written to all those who struggle with understanding the infinite worth and value of being human. To all those who are willing to activate personal accountability and responsibility in connection to themselves and others. And to all those who are willing to take a stand against racism and inequity by first looking within to examine their heart, mind, and beliefs. Self-examination serves to unleash the potential for transformation—not just for yourself but as a gift to the world and to God.
Presented through the lens of antiracism, I take the position that the true power of being human is built on the acknowledgement of race as a social construct. It lives generationally in the ideas, thoughts, and beliefs lying in the hearts and minds of people. Besides the need for systemic and institutional change, rooting out racism requires self-reflection to cultivate change from the inside out.
Women Speakers Association continues its Voices of the 21st Century Book Series. The newest installment—Voices of the 21st Century: Resilient Women Who Rise and Make a Difference—launching on February 23. And I am so grateful to be one of those resilient women who rise!
Indeed, it’s an honor to be counted among 40 passion-fueled, resilient women who rise to make a difference. Read our stories and join us in being an unstoppable force for good on this planet. Launch Day February 23. #voicesofthe21stcentury
By the way, I’m Anita D Russell and this is my second collaborative writing project with Women Speakers Association. My first since becoming a Global Business Connector with this outstanding organization. An organization with a clear mission to inspire women to be seen and heard.
And what a wonderful time it is to be seen and heard. It’s a challenging time but it’s also an exciting time to cultivate change in yourself, your business, and to impact others around the world. Be sure to click the link below to get the latest book launch news.