Dallas, TX — Melanin Origins, LLC announces the publication this summer of Not All Superheroes Wear Capes (available for pre-order on Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com), a children’s book designed to teach African American students the opportunities available to them in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Written by Alecia Heffner, this inspiring new book combines positive images of African Americans engaging in exciting careers with a powerful message of how these individuals help others in their daily life.
“I wanted to bring awareness of the possibilities of allied health and STEM professions to children who are not otherwise exposed to them,” states Ms. Heffner, a proud HBCU alumnae of Dillard University. “I also believe in exemplifying African Americans in a way not often presented in a children’s book, showing positive role models making a real difference in the world.” Not All Superheroes Wear Capes shows STEM professionals using science and math in their everyday work life.
About the author
Alecia Heffner is the founder of the STEM Initiative, an organization dedicated to sparking the interest of STEM careers among African American children. The STEM Initiative also offers career exploration, mentorship, and scholarships for students entering into STEM fields at the undergraduate level and into professional schools. Ms. Heffner is currently a Doctor of Education candidate at Northeastern University, holding a B.S. in Public Health and an M.S. in Healthcare Management.