New children's book inspires kids with black men's stories in history

New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Vashti Harrison talks about what influenced her new book, "Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History."
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I got the champ in here. I do. Congrats. All right. We are here now with exceptional men in black history. Vashti Harrison is here with some of the "Little legends," Frederick gloug glass, Thurgood Marshall and prince to name a few. Little legends in the making. You started with like a list of how did you pear it all down? It wasn't easy. One thing I really tried to keep in mind in all of my books is creating a diverse list of feels of study. There are doctors and lawyers but also engineers and astronauts and athletes because there's this question that a lot of adults ask kids. You guys might have had this question before. I didn't love it. What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't think it's necessary to know right away. I wanted to fill kids with the knowledge of all these different paths and feels of study that when they're ready to answer they'll know about these amazing people? How do you make these little legends relatable to young readers? How do you make them relatable? I too I to fill every story, I try to begin with a little bit of each person's childhood as kind of an entry point for the kid reader just so they know these famous people once upon a time were shy and curious just like them. Okay, we have two right here that you want to tell us about. Tell us about these two. These are some of my this guy, bass reeves was one of the first U.S. -- Black U.S. Deputy marshals. Oh, wow. Such an incredible good guy. He brought in over 3,000 criminals but he often used tricks and disguises to catch bad guys instead of using his gun which is really cool. And this? I have a soft spot for the artist for sure. Aaron Douglas is one of my favorites just because he was making art for and about black people during the Harlem renaissance before anyone talked about black being beautiful. I think that's really special? Really special. I think we have a young picture of you. Can you tell us, I think you were like 8 or 9 years old. Oh, my gosh. Yeah. Who were you thinking of at this time? Who was your inspiration here? This is a great photo for an example because my uncle took that and he was my dad's best friend. He was a professional photographer and started his own black heritage company and he was one of the first people to really celebrate my art career and gave me my first real art set. It meant so much. Yeah. Okay. All right. Hey, well, I can't take all the time here. Jordan, do you is a question you'd like to ask. My name is Jordan. How do you become a little legend. How do you become a little legend? Oh well, I think you're already on the right track. Be kind, work hard and go after the things that you love, I think. Oh. That's great advice. All right. Well, thank you. Thank you. Thank you all. You are all budding little legends, yes, you are. "Little legends" is in stores now and -- he's been ready to go all -- everyone this our audience is going home with a copy. Yes. Yes. Can I just say, going like, oh,

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