WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — “Teaching really saved my life,” says Pranati “Pranoo” Kumar, owner and founder of Rohi’s Readery, a socially oriented children’s bookstore that focuses on historically marginalized communities. “I got to see these amazing kids who were so empowered in their identity and their cultural background and it really sparked in me this interest in learning more about myself and feeling empowered in my identity,” Kumar says.
Named after his grandmother Rohini, Rohi’s Readery is dedicated to critical literacy that promotes inclusivity and diversity. In addition to selling books, Rohi’s Readery offers free courses for children and adults with the intention, says Kumar, “not just to make sure we link great literature to experiences, but ultimately to create genuine loving human connection within our community”.
Born in India, Kumar moved to Texas with her family as a young child where she experienced racism and oppression. Using her own experience as an example, Kumar’s mission is to right the wrongs of the past and create a space where every child can see themselves represented, something she never had growing up.
She thanks Hiscox Business Insurance for helping her make an impact in her community. “Knowing that Hiscox Business Insurance will take care of me and make sure I’m on the right track has allowed me to really focus on the work I’m doing and put it back into the community.”
In addition to free classes, the Readery also hosts community events like this year’s Diwali celebration featuring many other local businesses. “We realized that there were so many people who wanted to know more about our culture and our community. For me, it was really exciting because there is a new generation of children who want to know more about my culture,” says Kumar.
“We just want to make sure everyone feels like they know this is their space,” she concludes.
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