Black History Today: April Bowman, Bold Believer

This post is part of an ongoing Black History Month series written by Marcus Harden, a pillar of the South Seattle community and a truly unsung hero, as he honors the living legacy of Black history in his neighborhood and beyond, and recognizes the people who are shaping the future.

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“If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be”
-Maya Angelou


By Marcus Harden


Sundays are for many a day of reflection and rest, a day to grow closer and get in touch with the creator. Whether tied to religion or not, people’s faith manifests hope and hope manifests belief and belief manifests destiny.

One person who uses her belief and her faith to manifest the destiny in others is April Bowman. As the founder and CEO of Bold Believers United, April travels the country helping others live their best lives through a connected faith and through promoting and living her beliefs.

The most powerful thing about April’s message is that it’s so uniquely and authentically who she is and who she’s always aspired to be. Whether being on one of the initial advisory teams for what would become a nation wide college-access program, or walking on the campus of the University of Washington giving an encouraging word and smile with her Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. jacket proudly on, or whether just consistently giving an encouraging ear or smile to friends known and unknown, April has always been bold in her belief in others, her belief in God and most importantly her belief in herself.

The work she does is her purpose. And while no person deserves any good thing, she continues to be a blessing so she continues to reap the blessings because that’s what belief brings. She boldly embodies belief and then helps facilitate that in others, and that is why, among many reasons, April Bowman is boldly, Black history, today.