Marsha Guerrier providing Black and Brown children with representation in literature

Marsha Guerrier (Contributed)
By Shania DeGroot

Marsha Guerrier, 47, grew up reading books by Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison, two authors who profoundly influenced her reading habits and inspired her to think about how she could tell her story in the same way.

She was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Haitian immigrant parents and a cultured Haitian family. Her parents worked hard and fought hard to keep themselves gainfully employed in the nation, and her upbringing was very much what her parents taught her, which was how to work hard, get an education, and get a job. As she grew older, she realized how essential representation was as a Black woman who had started working in corporate offices as a teenager before moving on to New York Empire State College to acquire a bachelor’s degree in business management and economics.

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