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The search for toys that teach children about the diversity in America’s history and inspire them to dream big led Sterling Ashby to found History in Action Toys in 2005. His line of lesser-known African-American heroes indicates the search may be over. The set includes aviator Bessie Coleman, mathematician and astronomer Benjamin Banneker, and explorer Matthew Henson. Ashby told Sojourners he wants to remind children that “you can do anything you set your mind to doing and you might start by finding a hero who can not only inspire you, but illuminate tangible steps to take to achieve your goal.”

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Sojourners Magazine April 2008
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