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I am Tracee Bruce, author of

"Systems That Shape(d) Black America"

Learn Black History in less than 10 mins a day, in 40 days.

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Book Description:

 “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana

The start of Chattel Slavery in America is recognized as beginning in 1619, when approximately “20 and odd” enslaved Africans arrived on the Virginia Shores. Over the next 400 years or 40 decades, laws, practices, customs, and societal attitudes have intentionally shaped the current reality for Black people living in the United States of America. This book takes you on a 40-day journey from Chattel Slavery to the Modern Day era, with mini lessons highlighting some of the insurmountable odds Black people have faced in this country while celebrating their shocking survival. 

Each of the 40 mini lessons represents one decade of enslaved Africans and their descendants being in America. This book intends to educate, spark interest, and inspire discussions about past systems that are currently shaping reality for Black people in America. Many of today’s current political strategies are repeats of past tactics already used in America’s history. We must educate all communities on how we got to this point and how the consequences of voter suppression and other actions created today’s society.  

There is no way to fully capture over 400 years of Black history in only 40 lessons, but this book provides a comprehensive overview. It is recommended to read one mini lesson a day and is suitable for middle school aged readers and older. This is a great book for individuals or groups: parents to read with their children, teachers with their students, and book clubs to read together.  It is past time to educate ourselves and our children on the Systems That Shape(d) Black America.   

  • "This book is clear, concise, and provides direct explanations of what has happened while correlating the on-going legacy of these events. This was very much appreciated! I ordered 30 more copies, for my entire team to do a book study as an organization."

    - Josh M.

  • "The juniors and seniors at our local high school are reading this book and writing essays about it. The three winners will win a free trip to Africa. Tracee, thanks for partnering with us and writing this important book that will benefit students in our community!"

    -WUVS 103.7 The Beat

  • "I really loved reading this book! It was easy to read and the author made the information easily digestible. It taught me a lot about Black history that I did not know. Everyone should read this book!!"

    - Marina V.

  • "As a White man, I believe the content contained in this book should be required reading for those young and old, Black and White. I highly recommend taking a few moments each day to read a mini lesson, acknowledge its existence, consider its impact, and then share with family, friends and neighbors."

    - Bob E.

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Tracee N. Bruce is an author, entrepreneur, business professional, consultant, and Black history enthusiast. For over 20 years, she has successfully created and implemented business strategies that positively impacted nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 corporations, and the federal government. She is a natural lover of history and politics and is a racial equity advocate. Tracee is a dynamic speaker who has presented and facilitated meaningful discussions at many organizations and events, focusing on her book, "Systems That Shape(d) Black America."  To request Tracee for your upcoming event, please complete the speaker request form, link below.

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