Joining us today is Julius B. Anthony, Founder and President of St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature, an organization committed to ensuring that all children are confident and competent readers by the end of third grade. Julius is a graduate of Howard University and is particularly proud of his current upstart ‘The Believe Project’. Julius is also the Founding Principal of City Academy, a highly successful independent day school located in North St. Louis City.
In this episode:
Julius explains how he got his start in the field of education and his role as Founding Principal of City Academy, the first independent school in North St. Louis. He explains how the opportunity came to be and how he overcame the challenges of starting a school from scratch within Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club.
Julius talks about establishing a curriculum and the importance of building the education around the student and how that method allows ANY child to thrive. He explains that he felt a need to hire black teachers in a school that served a black community.
Julius speaks about his second entrepreneurial act in 2014 as an author of his own book titled “Me: Ten Poetic Affirmations“. He says that he was inspired to author this book after another business venture soured. He also says that he took things he had already written and used himself in his teachings and published those pieces. Julius says entrepreneurially thinking to him means understanding your core purpose and why you have decided to use business as a pathway to impact the world.
Julius tells us about The Believe Project. He says The Believe Project presents itself as the opportunity to build literacy labs in communities and school and gives black children who may not have access to home reading, the opportunity to have black children’s literature readily available. He fills us in on the many partners involved such as PBS Kids and IKEA. He also says that this project is so important to him and many others because when black children read black literature, they become more confident.