Shoshanah K. Hobson has stuttered since she was a child. This made her feel very insecure and she often questioned God about why
she stuttered.

She avoided speaking in large groups and would walk out of a room so that she wouldn’t have to introduce herself because just saying her name was a task. Her heart would feel as if it was going to come out of her chest, and her thoughts would go a mile a minute. The anxiety would overtake her because the last thing she wanted was for everyone to look at her as if there was something wrong with her. She wouldn’t make eye contact in those moments because she didn’t want to see the smirks or confusion on people’s faces. She allowed her stutter to cripple her for too long. Shoshanah decided to take her difference and turn it into a children’s book for little Black and Brown girls. Shoshanah now sees her stutter as her superpower and thinks about the things she wished she could say to her younger self. Writing “Alizah’s Story” has given her the courage to tell her story and encourage little Black and Brown girls that they can do anything. When she made the decision not to be bound anymore, it was freeing. Shoshanah still doesn’t like her stutter, but she refuses to allow it to keep her from speaking.

Following in her grandmother and mother’s footsteps, Shoshanah became a teacher, working in an early childhood education as a preschool teacher and assistant director.

When a family friend was impacted by the criminal justice system, Shoshanah joined the Innocence Project. This organization helps exonerate the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Shoshanah is also a Certified Wedding and Event Planner who enjoys listening to music and spending time with her family.

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