Dr. Sylvia Hawkins Little’s THANK A BLACK MAN SERIES”, a tribute to her father and daughter, Darnell H. Hawkins, Sr. and Lisa Little, who during their lifetime used their time, talent and energies to make a difference for others, honors “Black Difference’s Makers”, Black men and women who through the years used their ingenuity, time and energies to make life better for everyone. Many often did not receive credit for their inventions. This series give credit to many who often did not receive it at the time and sometimes still haven’t.
An award winning Children’s Book author, her goal is to write books that not only enjoyable to read but also create a desire to learn, stimulate intellectual curiosity, celebrate diversity, enhance strong character development, and start readers on a never-ending journey in their quest for knowledge.
Dr. Little holds a Doctorate of Philosophy and Masters of Education from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Currently an independent education consultant, Dr. Little has been teacher, principal and school district assistant superintendent. During her career, her work has concentrated in multi-ethnic school districts. She understands that today’s young people must speak multiple languages to succeed in today’s diverse, high-tech, information-oriented global society. Like many historians, she believes “Black History” is a subject that can interest both black and non-black youth. Both groups can learn about “Blacks” contributions to the development of civilization and history and that neither race, religion, socio-economic status, nor family background hampers their ability to succeed. Black youth can learn about people, like themselves, who have made a difference in the quality of life for others.