When I was packing up to drive down to NBASLH my dear friend said, “You should bring your books to sell here.” I told her I didn’t have a booth, I was just coming as an attendee. But, I was driving so I loaded a box with 38 books in my car and headed to Houston. For the first day, I had some books in my room and I shared on Instagram that I had books and would be happy to sell them.
I sold several books, but it was weird randomly meeting people to hand them books. The second morning I wake up to a message from one of the organizers telling me that I could have a table to have my books on. I was super grateful and on the 2nd day I set up the table, brought down the rest of the books and sold them all out.
In the process two lessons: My village showed up to help me! These are people I had never met before. That’s the power of NBASLH! Second lesson was hearing all the stories from my fellow colleagues as they had their book purchased on Amazon with them or as they learned for the first time about my own stories. So grateful for the experiences I had this weekend.
I even accidentally sold my own hardback copy! oops.
Admiring excellence and service
One of the most beautiful things to witness during the NBASLH convention is to witness excellence in our field. I know I am bias, but I also when my bias has no impact on what I am about to write: I am so proud to have known Dr.Kia Johnson for fifteen years and have watching her move, speak, organize and empower others with the power of her gifts was one of my many gifts this last week. This field is so lucky to have her. Watching how she volunteer her time to make sure students get the mentorship they need to flourish is beautiful.
It is also beautiful to witness other women, women of color specifically, who are often met with skepticism about their talents, demonstrate stelar execution of putting a convention together, supporting others, remembering and honoring others who have contributed and doing so much more. These are the GIVERS of our field, not the takers. Here are a few of them: