This mom created toys to teach black history

Tiffney Laing launched Bevy & Dave to help teachers and parents.
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We have been celebrating black history month throughout February by shining a spotlight on some lesser known figures in the black community who have made a big impact on society. Our next guest certainly fits that mold. Yes. Take a look. Reporter: As a mom of a young daughter, leadership professor Tiffany laing realized she wanted to change the narrative of black history month not just for her child, but children around the world. She believed black history month was too focused on slavery and oppression, and not the amazing and inspirational African-Americans who have contributed so much to society. Frustrated by the lack of black history teaching material in schools, Tiffany started bevy and Dave, a company that makes educational toys that allows kids to learn and have fun. Tiffany hopes that with her toys, she can show children the resiliency and courage displayed throughout black history. This mom on a mission is changing narratives and becoming an inspirational figure many her own right. Everybody, please welcome the founder of the educational toy company, bevy and Dave, Tiffany laing. Thank you for joining us. Thank you so much. And in that piece, we talk about black history month, and what does black history month mean to you? Because you look at it a little differently. Yeah. So really -- when I think about black history month, I think of I think of strength, courage, and so much more. There's so much beauty and it's so inspirational, and that's what I want people to see. I don't want them to be focused on slavery and oppression because it's not something -- it's not just the story. It's part of the African-American experience, but it's not the story. There are so many contributions that we all benefit from, and I want people to be inspired by that. Yes. Absolutely. And you went from professor to toy maker. Yes. So how did you come up with the idea for the toys? You know, after having my daughter, I totally realized, okay, you know what? Children learn through play. Yep. You have to be creative and you have to make it fun. For sure. You want it to be exciting. You want people to be inspired by it, so for me it was a matter of thinking about the end result. The end result is I want people to become leaders, and to be inspired by these stories because my background is development, developing leaders. So that's -- that's how I start the creative process, and from there I continue on with another story of what are they going to get out of this? How can I make it fun and joyful for them? That joy I want them to feel, how can I bring that out and make it alive? That's where we have educational toys. Can you show us one of your toys? Yes, yes, yes, yes. So here's the history makers puzzle block set. This is the first product I ever came out with, the flagship. I'm going to give you an example for how this works. "A," is no longer for apple. It's appreciation. "C" is for commitment. When we talk about helping children to understand self-leadership, when they pick up the letter "G," they're going to turn it over and associate it with the word gift. Gift. Then they're going to learn that their talents are a special gift and they should contribute their best to society. I'm trying to encourage children to see that leadership is already in them. Just as it was in my ancestors, and I want to inspire them through those stories. Yeah. Even if they're interested in a different industry. Oh my gosh. I know you have probably had so many amazing moments over the course of creating this and seeing people when they receive it. Is there a memorable one that you can tell us about? Yes. So one day me and my daughter was having a discussion. We always have discussions and we were talking about my ancestors, our ancestors, and she said, mommy, you know, our ancestors are here because you made the toys. They're here with us. And I was blown away. I couldn't believe she said that. I got on my knees to get to her level and I hugged her so tight. That was what I needed -- that confirmation. I know it's helping because she said that. So I just feel so blessed. And I'm looking at this inventor's legacy board and the stoplight, sugar. Everything. It's just like so amazing with the history, and I love what you are doing, and you're starting at the grassroots level so children understand early on the heritage of being African-American, but I want to ask the question to your husband and your daughter Beverly and Elmo. What do you think about mom and wifey going into the toy business? It's amazing. You liked it? How about you? Man, amazing, but this is what my wife is. So what you are seeing -- what you see is what you get. Wow. A sweet educator. What's your goal for the products? So my goal -- what made me get into this, my own frustration of what was available in schools, right? As a professor and a teacher. I'm just, like, you know what? This has to be an education system. I want families and educators in schools to carry this. I want them to use it as their own way of helping to develop children, to be leaders, and to contribute their own best to society just as my ancestors, and I'm hoping to change that narrative. You're going to be in the schools. You're making history. Yes. We can't thank you enough. I think this is the most amazing thing out there. So thank you. Thank you so much.

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