San Clemente High School publishes a children’s book to promote self-acceptance

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Written by Colin Breaux

Growing up in San Clemente left Micah Hamilton with a lot of adjustments to be made.

“Despite my young age, I immediately found myself not like the other kids at school,” said the 17-year-old San Clemente High School student. “I had darker skin with thick, puffy hair, while the people I sat next to had bronze skin and blonde hair.”

Hamilton, who is black, added, “While this exact description does not apply to everyone, the majority does to my young mind.” “As a result, I not only felt isolated but insecure in myself, as I lacked the representation or community I so desperately sought.”

With the help of family and friends, Hamilton eventually learned to love himself. Wanting to inspire other children to embrace their physical appearance, Hamilton decided to write a children’s book called Fred Korsch To celebrate diversity and self-acceptance.

The book shows a young black man named Cyrus who was asked about his dark skin and curly hair by a classmate on his first day of school. Cyrus then receives encouragement from his mother, who tells him that he is unique and caring – giving him confidence. The insecurities and hardships of Cyrus are the same that Hamilton experienced growing up.

Colin Breaux

Collin Breaux covers San Juan Capistrano and other South Orange County news as the city editor of the Capistrano Dispatch. Prior to moving to California, he covered Hurricane Michael, politics and education in Panama City, Florida. He can be reached via email at

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