Meet the black mom whose bilingual books are changing the world


“Our kids are geniuses trying to function in a society that doesn’t fully understand how brilliant their minds really are,” Santiago said in a Facebook post. After reading the books, Awakening the Natural Genius in Black Children by Amos Wilson and the The Bad Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson, she understands how important it is to create solutions that can help Black children move their minds toward multilingualism.

Santiago began reaching out to families on social media and even ventured into her community to connect with black doctors, farmers, lawyers, scientists, entrepreneurs, directors, authors, chefs. , teachers, radio hosts, artists, comedians and many more. could appear on a page of his book, which would describe their profession in another language. Which in turn would be free global publicity and our children could see and experience the greatness that the black community offers. “If there’s a book you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you have to write it,” Toni Morrison. Ms. Santiago wrote in a Twitter post that she cites as one of her inspirations.

“My mission is to provide our children with the educational materials they need to start learning multiple languages,” Santiago said in an interview with Sandra Wilson, CEO of Black Connections LLC, also featured in the book in Mandarin Chinese. . Santiago is committed to creating a series called Our colorful multilingual adventures which will include over 10 bilingual hardcover beginner books in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, Kiswahili, Multilingual Numbers, Multilingual Colors, Arabic, African Languages, Selected Native Languages, Russian, Portuguese and many more.

“I have accepted the responsibility of using my gifts and talents to help our children become emancipated through multilingualism. Their minds are our greatest assets,” Santiago said on LinkedIn.

Comedian Godfrey, Edna Liliana Valencia Murillo (journalist and cultural consultant for the film Encanto), Sonia Sanchez (American Poet), Dante Lee (Marketing Genius and PR Mastermind), Natosha Clemons (Fire Chief) and Dominique Saatenang (Martial Artist) are just a few names that have featured in these amazing books.

The first bilingual books of the Santiago family are still on sale on Amazon and are displayed at the Euclid, Ohio Public Library.

Over the past 5 years, Santiago has helped her children learn the basics of over 10 different languages ​​that she learned herself through YouTube videos and books from the library. Her passion for multilingualism has also inspired her children to start a YouTube channel called Multilingual Stars Homeschool, which consists of over 30 videos that show how easy and fun it is to learn different languages.

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