My name is Frieda Millhouse-Jones M. D. and I am a practicing primary care physician in Atlanta, GA. I developed a love of reading at a very young age. One of my favorite memories is of getting a book of the month by mail and excitedly reading it the same day. I want to share the same passion for reading with young people across the globe. I am fiercely dedicated to empowering young girls to overcome adversity by using my personal life experiences. My previous works and advocacy seek to raise awareness surrounding issues of perfectionism, racism, and mental health. I enjoy naps, traveling, and yoga. I currently live with my husband, two daughters, and two very mischievous dogs.
I am thrilled to introduce you to Livi Lou, the main character of “Afro Puffs Held High.“ She’s named after my youngest daughter. She’s smart and sensitive and brave, just like her namesake. I am excited to share her story.
When her family moves away from their inclusive neighborhood to a chilly new town, Livi Lou suspects that she'll never belong. Now the only Black child in the whole school, she faces teasing and cold indifference. When everything seems about to overwhelm her, Livi Lou is reminded of all the brave people of the civil rights movement who came before her, and she discovers that she has had the strength she needed all along.