Ajamou Butler is a motivational speaker, community activist, educator, spoken word artist, & most importantly, a father. His most recent awards and accomplishments include a 2-year contract with Marquette University Upward Bound teaching a creative writing course, being named one of the Top 35 Most Influential African Americans in Wisconsin in 2017 by Madison365, and a continued partnership with the city-wide school district of La Crosse, WI. He was inspired to write Destined to Be Me after discovering the startling data about the lack of representation of Black and Brown children in children’s books.
After founding Heal the Hood MKE in 2012, Ajamou committed to creating positive and uplifting images of Black and Brown people living in inner city communities. As a Milwaukee native, he has spent more than half of his life working in and serving the community and people he loves. He views his book release as another act of servanthood. His hope is that children that look like his son can see themselves in books and feel validated and beautiful being just who they were created to be.