Louie McClain, children’s author and owner of Melanin Origins, LLC

Power of the Pen: Mr. Louie McClain’s path to becoming a children’s author and developing his publishing company Melanin Origins, LLC
Louie T. McClain II is a resident of Arlington, Texas and holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Pensacola Christian College.  It was in Pensacola where Louie first discovered his passion in life-coaching troubled youth.  While volunteering with Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Mr. McClain took on an initiative to make tutoring a court-ordered sanction and found success with Juvenile Court Judges and Probation Officers alike.  Louie went on to establish Humane Resources, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to assist the formerly incarcerated with job placement, a couple years later.  Shortly after that, Project: Liberia Smile was formed which gave college aged students an opportunity to attend universities in Liberia, West Africa. 
As a result, nine scholarships were granted over the course of two years.  Other than his Passion Projects, Louie has over seven years of full time employment in Juvenile Justice, and is currently employed by American Airlines.  Furthermore, Mr. McClain is a proud father of two beautiful children named Serenity and Noah.  Louie is intrigued by the resilience and tenacity of African American leaders who stand for truth, justice, and overcoming any obstacles placed in their way.  Thus, he decided to create Melanin Origins, LLC to share messages of lesser-known African American pioneers to the children of the world and empower them to aspire for excellence and chase their dreams regardless of any complications they may face.
Booker T. Washington taught us how to be a leader amongst hard times.  He showed that we can achieve our goals if we just take one step forward at a time.  Ida B. Wells showed how to allow our thoughts to flow to our pen and she demonstrated the powerful effects of it.  Her life is permeated with the notion of truth telling, journalism, perseverance, and standing tall for the down and out.  Dr. Francis has a huge, loving heart.  She tells of being studious and obedient to the heart’s call of service and loving others.  These three individuals who I chose to write about have lifelong lessons for children.  Louie T. McClain II is humbled and honored to be able to introduce our children to their leaders in this manner through Melanin Origins LLC.
 
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Hi my name Sasha Beckette-Abdullah and I am the owner of ABC LEARN, and the Founder/Director of ABC READ, INC which is a 501c3 tax-deductible non-profit organization. ABC LEARN was started when I began helping my nieces by tutoring them in reading then, I started helping children get prepared for kindergarten in 2009 which involved a lot of getting them reading ready. Finally, I decided in 2013 to go back to my roots and start focusing solely on tutoring children in reading who are in Pre-kindergarten-third grade and helping to motivate children to want to read. It's been so wonderful being able to do something that I love so much while at the same time providing a service that is much needed in our community.

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