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Meet Ssanyu Lukoma

Ssanyu Lukoma is a teenage entrepreneur, author, and public speaker!

She is also a freshman at The Mecca, Howard University while studying journalism with a minor in political science. In March 2023, she was crowned Miss HBCU Teen 2023 in the annual Miss HBCU Teen Scholarship Pageant.

In 2018, at 13 years old, she founded Brown Kids Read, a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating all children, especially children of color, to read more diverse literature.

Since then, she has created an online and pop-up bookstore called The Brown Reads Bookshelf, hosted a podcast called The Book Junkie, and has written three children’s picture books; Suubi’s Sunny Smile, Chi-Chi’s Toothy Grin, and The Power of Passion: The Brown Kids Read Story.

She presents inspirational speeches for corporate audiences and presents goal-setting workshops for middle and high-school students.  Through these engagements, she has encouraged many others to make changes in their communities.

Her ultimate goal is to inspire and motivate others to leave a positive impact on the world!

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