New York, NY ( -- For too long, stories of the lives and journeys of African Americans have been told by others. With the publication of America I AM Journal, edited by Clarence Reynolds (SmileyBooks, Trade Paperback Original; $11.95) African Americans can now take pride in the creation of their own personal chronicles.

The award-winning America I AM: The African American Imprint traveling exhibition, now on tour in Cincinnati, traces the indelible imprint African Americans have made on America over 500 years. This inspiring volume reflects the themes of the twelve exhibit galleries and presents over 200 historical and contemporary quotations from the minds of great leaders and everyday history makers, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Madame C.J. Walker, Mary McLeod Bethune, John Johnson, Tony Dungy, and Serena Williams. Each page features a powerful image, a stirring message, and an open invitation to readers to record their own unique life story. An avid journal keeper, Smiley believes that "journaling is a perfect place to develop and refine your vision."

In celebration of the American I AM Journal, editor Clarence Reynolds and Cheryl Woodruff, president of SmileyBooks, invite aspiring and seasoned journal keepers to participate with them in a LIVE FREE 90-minute audio journal-writing workshop. The August 19th teleclass will offer pointers on the craft, as well as an introduction to the impact of journaling on personal reflection, political action, and family history.

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About SmileyBooks
Founded by media pioneer Tavis Smiley in 2004, SmileyBooks is a general trade book publisher that specializes in quality nonfiction and is distributed by Hay House, Inc. A dynamic company dedicated to the new media landscape, SmileyBooks publishes books by authors ranging from established New York Times best sellers to exciting new voices on topics that appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. SmileyBooks titles are published in hardcover, trade paperback and digital media, offering the widest possible readership and exposure.

Kira Citron

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