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Rising Stars: Meet LaVon Bracy

Today we’d like to introduce you to LaVon Bracy.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I am a native of Boynton Beach, Florida and the daughter of the late Reverend Thomas A Wright Sr and Affie Mae Wright. I was educated in the public schools of St. Augustine and Gainesville, Florida. I was the first African American to graduate from Alachua County Schools, Gainesville High School, Florida in 1965. In 1969, I graduated from Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Psychology. In 1970, I graduated from The University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida with the Masters of Education Degree (M.Ed.) with an emphasis in College Personnel Services.

In 1977, I earned the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, with specialization in Higher Education Administration. I am an advocate for social justice. I have conducted extensive voter education, registration and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) in Central Florida, singlehandedly registering more than 1200 voters and was featured in the CNN Special: WHO COUNTS, 2012. See YouTube documentary clips below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiNO0vqz-hA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FcMUFJwMg0 I am Co- Founder of New Covenant Baptist Church of Orlando located on Rio Grande Avenue in Orlando, Florida. I have been a champion for Education and has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship to support college students. I retired in 2012. I have authored three books; Making Them Whole in 1990 and Beyond Bravery in 2012 and A Brave Little Cookie in 2019. I am the wife of Rev. Randolph Bracy and the proud mother of Florida Senator Randolph Bracy and LaVon Bracy-Davis, esq.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It was very difficult integrating a public school system in 1965. I was not welcomed and I was bullied every day. I was also beaten. The atmosphere was very toxic. I wrote a children’s book: Brave Little Cookie. My website is bravelittlecookie.com I want children to know that they can overcome obstacles and challenges.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My husband and I founded a church: New Covenant Baptist Church of Orlando, in 1992. It was very difficult, challenging and yet very rewarding. I was so proud of the Youth department and the impact we were able to make on the minds of our youth. We have had so many successful stories regarding young people we were able to mentor and make a difference in their lives.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
Orlando is the vacation capital of the world. I love the many restaurants that are located in Orlando as well as the many entertainment venues: Disney, Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, Universal and others. I don’t like the traffic that we are now seeing in the Orlando area. It now has the feel of a big city as you travel on I-4.

Pricing:

  • 11.99 is the price for my book for the soft copy of “Brave Little Cookie”
  • $19.99 is the price of a hard copy of “Brave Little Cookie”

Contact Info:

  • Email: lavonbracy@aol.com
  • Website: Bravelittlecookie.com
  • Instagram: drlavonbracy
  • Facebook: LaVon Bracy
  • Twitter: LaVon Bracy

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