We had the good fortune of connecting with Harry Bell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Harry, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from Bridgeport, Connecticut. I was born as a crack baby and left in the hospital; I was raised by my Aunt who I call my mother today. I always felt like I didn’t belong and that was because my siblings looked different than me.
Fatherhood changed my outlook on life. I wanted to give my son the life I never had and always dreamt about. I wanted to help my son. I wanted to encourage my son to build a positive future when we are surrounded by negativity.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I come from poverty and a dysfunctional home where drug use, drug dealing and gun violence was the welcome mat when I leave out my front door. Gun violence was the welcome mat inside and outside of my home. I created an empowerment social emotional coloring book through it all. This coloring book has impacted youth nationwide.
My ability to create positivity was a miracle because negativity was overwhelming.
Dedication, prayers and consistency. It was a challenge because of the lack of education and being from an overlooked community and not fitting a book writer profile made thousands of doors slam before one opened.
I overcame the challenges by not giving up, prayer and knowing that my book was needed in kids hands across the world. Kids that face every day negative challenges that needed to know there is a positive way out made me keep pushing until my book fell in their hands.
My biggest lesson learned was not everyone is going to believe in your dream in the beginning and not to take it seriously of them turning around to help when your dream starts to flourish into realty.
IT IS POSSIBLE! A dark beginning can turn into the brightest FUTURE! Color a Positive Thought coloring book is a tool to positivity, for the negative thoughts that run through a child’s mind.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Color a Positive Nest to meet our amazing CAPT kids, my community where it all started, Thelma Soul Food, Captains Cove, Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum, Stress Factory, Downtown cabaret, Klein Memorial , the Beardsley Zoo, Hartford Health Care arena, and join me during community events and outreach.
That I would also take them to eat at Erica McQueens restaurant downtown Bridgeport.
The mayor, talented youth, my family,
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My son Sa’Mahj and daughter’s Ke’hari, Quessy and my life partner Keisha. My whole family, friends, Bridgeport community, my trials and tribulations. Donald Smith the Trumbull Gardens Project community father that encouraged me to do the work that I am doing today.
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