Dare to Be Extraordinary: A Collection of Positive Life Lessons From African American Fathers

A few years ago, Leslie was hired by executive, entrepreneur and community servant and leader, William Middlebrooks to write a non-fiction book entitled, Dare to Be Extraordinary: A Collection of Positive Life Lessons From African American Fathers, featuring some of the country’s most successful men and women—from broadcast journalist, Robin Roberts to business magnate, Russell Simmons; from former mayor of Detroit, Dennis Archer to corporate leader (now COO of Starbucks), Rosalind Brewer. Leslie lost her father at the young age of 13, so this project was personal for her. She believes without question that the opportunity to write the very personal, poignant stories of twenty extraordinary people and the lessons they learned from their fathers was, in a word, divine. 

Dare To Be Extraordinary breathed life into one of today’s most compelling familial and social issues — fatherhood. Business leaders, cultural icons, athletes, politicians, activists, doctors, newsmakers, and some of the best and brightest minds of our time shared—with honesty, wit and intellect—the lessons their fathers provided. Part chapter-memoir, part call-to-action and part inspiration, Dare To Be Extraordinary provided real stories of courage, unwavering love, adversity and hope.


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