From Sagging to Success

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FLORENCE M. HOWARD is a freelance writer, researcher, trainer, event coordinator and public relations specialist. The owner of Secret Shop Communicators (SSCOMM, Inc.), she is a graduate of the University of Memphis and holds BA and MA degrees in Journalism. While Director of Community Affairs for WREG-TV, the CBS affiliate in Memphis, she established the station's Knowledge Bowl academic quiz show and For Kids' Sake/Kids Count Campaign in 1987. A economic development proponent and community activist, she lives in Memphis, Tennessee. You can visit her website at

From Sagging to Success

The Story of Emery Franklin

Authored by Florence M Howard
Illustrated by Emery Franklin

"From Sagging to Success" is a message to urban youth and the adults who want to help them become extraordinary. Young people are unfairly judged because of their appearance and cultural misperceptions. They need to be made aware of the repercussions of sagging. Sagging pants even might be an indication of a sagging mindset or low self-esteem. A fictionalized character in book illustrations, Derrick goes from sagging to success as he learns about Black history, reads books read and written by successful people and changes the way he thinks. He shares his new knowledge with his parents who also embrace a positive outlook, productive behaviors and principles of success. At the end of the book, Derrick and his parents have successfully transmitted principles of success to the next generation. The book is beautifully illustrated and the paintings were created first as a library gallery exhibit.
The book educates readers our history and successes, illuminates concepts of success and inspires them to act on what they learn. Readers are motivated to examine their thinking patterns, to recapture the dreams that they laid aside or never attempted and to accomplish them. They gain the wisdom and tools to become successful and are equipped to share those ideas, concepts and actions with others.

Publication Date:
0615597726 / 9780615597720
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Full Color with Bleed
Related Categories:
Juvenile Nonfiction / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

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