"The best part of the program was the way Mr. Gantt
was able to motivate the students and develop their creative thoughts."
Becoming an author and presiding over his
own publishing house was not exactly a childhood dream for Songhai Press president, Derrick Gantt
Quite the contrary, as a child, Mr. Gantt's
primary goal was staying alive on the streets of South Philadelphia where he
witnessed many of his
peers fall victim to drugs, early incarceration, and untimely deaths.
Frequent fights with childhood foes and neighborhood bullies kept Mr. Gantt
, the seventh of twelve children in his
family, out of gangs.
In addition, an early love for reading and a supportive mother taught Mr. Gantt
that independence and resourcefulness are the keys to success.
These were also the "keys" that led Mr. Gantt to eventually launch Songhai Press Corporation.
Author and publisher, Derrick Gantt, shares his compelling life story with students, grades fourth through ninth, in this engaging one-hour presentation.
The Songhai Press Author's Presentation program allows students to get up close and personal with an inspiring author as he covers topics such as African History, creative writing as a form of selfexpression, publishing, the entrepreneurial experience, and the importance of culturally relevant stories.
This interactive presentation highlights the events that inspired Mr. Gantt
to create his
own publishing company, which specializes in culturally relevant literacy experiences for children, teachers, and families.
The Songhai Press Author's Presentation challenges students by educating them about the untold legacies of African and African American history, culture, heritage, and perspective.