“If this encourages just one more kid to attend an HBCU in the future…then I would be incredibly grateful.” - Kyle McMurtry
Kyle McMurtry is the author of the children’s book, “Henry’s Going to an HBCU.” This book teaches children about Histrocially Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), in an effort to encourage them to attend these institutions in the future.
McMurtry had the idea for this book about a year and a half ago, but he seriously started productions in January. Additionally, he never planned to become a children’s book author. Initially, he began “Henry’s Going to an HBCU” as a side project to relieve stress, which later evolved into an impactful message for the Black community.
“More important than sales, I want it to have an impact in the lives of young Black Americans. I think a Black college is the best place for them to receive an education, not just through textbooks, but a communal education about their culture and black peoples history, and the support and love to overcome those obstacles,” explained McMurtry.
McMurtry said that his favorite aspect about creating this book has been the positive feedback he’s received from family and friends. He says that people are already excited to buy the book for their children and grandchildren.
In the future, McMurtry plans to use his political science and business degrees to produce non-fiction books about philosophy and politics. However, he is open to writing more children’s books as well, and he has been formulating more ideas with the help of his friends.
Ultimately, McMurtry does not consider himself a creative, but he saw an opportunity to provide an important tool for his community and took it.
To other creatives he advises, “Don’t be hesitant. Just go for it. Initially I was worried about if I was even able to creative something like this…See what happens, because there are a lot of people who are out there who are willing to help you along the way.”
“Henry’s Going to an HBCU,” along with news and tips about HBCUs, can be found to order by visiting kylemcmurtry.com.