Kimberly M. Bailey

by Terry Watson | March 15th, 2018
Kimberly M. Bailey

Kimberly M. Bailey

Native Memphian, Kimberly M. Bailey is using her platform as an educator to reach into the minds of youth through colorful and intriguing books she authors. With her series, Color and Read, she shares the stories of accomplishments and triumphs of African Americans throughout history.
She graduated from Central High School and Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. She also received a degree from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. She is a mother of one daughter and college student. Kim is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Her goal is to celebrate Black History 365 per year, and not just during the month of February. After participating in a panel discussion about Women and Justice, Kimberly wanted to find a way to introduce elementary students to various female civil rights leaders, and other important historical facts in a kid-friendly way. Personally, Kimberly thinks learning should be fun and wanted to spotlight one of her favorite childhood activities ― coloring.

“After participating in a panel discussion about Women and Justice in 2016, I wanted to find a way to show children of all ages some historical figures and educational facts that are not often discussed. I wanted to find a way to show children of all ages some historical figures and educational facts that are not often discussed. I thought a coloring book would be the ideal way to start the year-round history conversations in homes, churches, and schools,” she says. She soon came up with the bright idea of Color and Read, a series of historical coloring books. The titles are Civil Right Leading Ladies, Civil Rights Mighty Men, and Great Inventions. “

The Color & Read series are targeted towards children to educate and encourage them to learn about important historical figures while exploring their creative side. She also offers a Color and Relax segment, an adult coloring party for grown-ups to color, mix, and mingle. Every Color and Relax sessions gives the participants a little something different to enjoy. “We have had massages, caricatures, live saxophonist, live art, DJ, wine tasting, and much more,” Kimberly says. “We provide complimentary refreshments, relaxing music, and great conversation. This is a great date night, girls night, or a place to just chill and meet new people.” Business owners are always recognized and encouraged to share their contact information, and proceeds are donated to a local charity or non-profit organization.

Outside of her daughter and wanting to leave a legacy for her children, Kimberly would like he children in her community to have kid-friendly access to knowledge about the contributions of African Americans, past, present and in the future. She plans to expand the Color and Read brand by partnering with marketing professional and finding ways to get the books inside more classrooms through the United States. “I still have many more ideas and could possibly create one additional per year until my mind has been emptied,” she says.

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