"First of all... I get home and they have these massive yard signs printed and displayed out front."
Samuel Leighton-Dore

17 Oct 2018 - 12:45 PM  UPDATED 17 Oct 2018 - 1:52 PM

To say Blair Imani's parents are proud of her is an understatement.

When the first-time author returned home recently, she was astonished to see the cover of her new book, Modern Herstory, turned into signs and scattered throughout her parents' front yard.

But that wasn't the end of it, with Imani sharing a string of images including custom-made ceramic coasters, colour coordinated hijabs and badges inspired by the book's illustrations.

"My parents are so proud of this published author thing," the writer tweeted, before sharing the heartwarming photos.

Before writing Modern Herstory, Imani founded organisation Equality for HER, focusing on different ways to support and empower women and nonbinary people. Starting out as a small network of only three people at Louisiana State University in 2014, the group soon flourished into a popular online platform and set the foundation for the subject of Imani's first book.

According to the organisation's website, Equality for HER has gone on to establish partnerships with organisations in the United States, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom, becoming renowned for its innovative Women’s History Month programming.

Imani has said that she was driven to write Modern Herstory due to a noticeable lack of representation on TV or in books and movies - adding that she wanted to take “an inclusive approach to history.”

According to a blurb for the book, Modern Herstory is "an inspiring and radical celebration of 70 women, girls, and gender nonbinary people who have changed - and are still changing - the world", telling stories "from the Civil Rights Movement and Stonewall riots through Black Lives Matter and beyond."

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