“Never be ashamed of who you are. You are beautifully and wonderfully made.”
On his first day at a new school in a new country, Obinna can tell one thing right away: he is different. His dashiki is different. His hair is different. His speech is different. And his classmates won’t let him forget it. But through the wise words of a loving teacher and the unexpected chance to show his talents, it’s Obinna’s turn to teach all those around him that being different isn’t just okay—it’s the most important thing he ever could be. Different: A Story About Loving Your Neighbor is a beautiful book that teaches kids that differences—whether through race, nationality, gender, or more—are something to accept and celebrate.
And most of all, Different is a tribute to author Chris Singleton’s late mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, who, in 2015, was murdered alongside eight other parishioners in a race-related mass shooting at her church. Chris spent the years that followed teaching others to love their neighbor through inspirational talks at colleges, high schools, and middle schools. Later, he finally took the leap to teach the message of inclusivity, love, and unity to our elementary school students through school visits and this book. Every educator, parent, and grandparent has the opportunity—and the responsibility—to teach our future generations to live in unity and harmony.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chris Singleton is an inspirational speaker and former professional baseball player. He travels the country as a student achievement specialist. Chris has spoken to over 60,000 students and teachers across the country and has helped thousands of students and teachers overcome hardships and excel in the classroom. Chris’s speech on overcoming hate with love has been seen and shared millions of times and has been features on Lifetime, ESPN E:60, USA today, CNN and Fox News. His mother, Sharonda Coleman Singleton, was murdered along with eight other victims at Mother Emanuel AME church in Downtown Charleston, South Carolina in 2015 by a white male who wanted to start a race related war in the United States. Chris inspired his city and the nation by forgiving the man who murdered his mother with the message that “Love is stronger than hate.”