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Baker Publishing Group signs popular speaker, thought leader on race and identity

Ada, Mich. (Nov. 24, 2021)— Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, is pleased to announce it recently signed a two-book deal with Ally Henny, a popular speaker and thought leader on race, cultural identity, and faith.

Her first book, scheduled for a Summer 2023 release, is tentatively titled I Won’t Shut Up. In her debut book, Henny profoundly details her experience as a self-described “loud Black woman,” as she illuminates what it means to fight for one’s true identity amid cultural pressures to stay small, silent, and in line.

“I am looking forward to working with Baker Books to help bring my ideas to a broader audience,” said Henny. “The team understands what my audience expects from me and will help me create a work of art that will liberate, convict, and move people to transform our world.”

Henny is represented by agent Trinity McFadden at The Bindery Agency.

“Ally is a singularly gifted communicator and Baker Books recognizes her as a leader of this essential conversation, as she empowers those who have experienced racism to assert one’s voice and presence unapologetically, against cultural conditioning that rewards those who keep silent,” said Stephanie Duncan Smith, senior editor, Baker. “We are honored to partner with her in this bold message.

Ally Henny holds a master of divinity (2020) from Fuller Theological Seminary, with an emphasis in race, cultural identity, and reconciliation and a BS in psychology from Missouri State University (2008). She has been writing about race, identity, culture, and racial conciliation on Twitter, her personal Facebook page, and on her blog, The Armchair Commentary, since 2014. She is vice president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, where she also writes about Black liberation, Black motherhood and other topics related to the Black experience.