PR Specialist, President & CEO of Queens Company
Jessicah Pierre is a Political PR Professional, Blogger, and Social Entrepreneur whose work has been featured in local outlets such as the Boston Globe to national outlets like BET and Glamour Magazine. Growing up in a Haitian-American household, her interest for politics was sparked at a young age from listening to her family’s debates around Haitian and American politics.
Motivated by her growing audience, Jessicah recently launched her personal platform, Jessicahpierre.com. Her website is home to content that promotes civic engagement, entrepreneurship, motivation, and fashion/beauty, in an effort to influence others to be their best self.
Jessicah has always been dedicated to advocating around women’s issues, particularly women of color. She is the President and CEO of Queens Company, a leading organization in Boston dedicated to empowering women of color by hosting networking events, workshops, and by providing a mutual support system.
To take a stand against racism, it’s important to educate yourself. And not just on the history America has in perpetuating white supremacy but also on the experiences that marginalized people struggle with due to racism. While having dialogue with people of color is important, it can often be exhausting for us to speak about and relive our trauma. Fortunately there’s a lot of great literature and books out there that tell the stories of our lived experiences, here’s a list of 10 books to get you started.
Jessicah’s Discussion Questions (PDF for Print)
- What racial biases were you able to debunk after reading one of these books?
- Did any of these readings give you a better sense of empathy on the daily struggles that people of color face in America?
- How has technology helped perpetuate and promote damaging biases that privilege white people and discriminate against people of color?
- What actions can you take to help minimize the unfair barriers people of color face in being successful in America?