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Check Out Amanda Spencer’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Spencer.

Hi Amanda, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I love reading to my sons at night before they go to bed, and I wanted to be intentional about introducing them to a diverse array of main characters. I started going through the childrens’ biographies section of our library and I was learning right along with them.

At the same time, our local school district was fighting over which parts of history to include in curriculum, and I wanted to find a way to highlight the stories of Americans who weren’t being highlighted.

The idea for The Radical Agenda started with a conversation on Facebook between myself and a couple of friends from college. We were discussing how tragic it was that inclusive history was considered “radical.” I jokingly said “guys, my Radical “Agenda” will be a planner, and I’ll have important dates in history scattered throughout. No one takes my idea.” At first, I was joking, but then I thought more about it and decided to make it happen.

The website grew out of trying to find a way to market the planner, and I realized that rather than create an entire website for a planner I was going to sell through Amazon anyway, it would be way more fun to write about all the historical books we were reading together. I’m now also working on adding a few more things, and hoping for a merchandise line to launch sometime in the next few months. It just keeps growing and morphing and I’m here for whatever happens next!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I have had to learn so many new things along the way. Since the idea was formed in June of 2021, I’ve basically taken myself through a crash course of how to build a planner, create an attractive and functional website, marketing, and graphic design, while also doing a deep-dive into heavy topics in our nation’s history. Some parts were tedious, some were emotionally draining, but the end result is so exciting to me and I’m having so much fun seeing how I was able to take an idea and turn it into a physical product that people are loving.

One thing I’m very cautious about is how I share these stories. I want to be respectful because these stories are not my own. Every year, I will choose one or two organizations doing the hard work of fighting for inclusion and justice, and donating a portion of my proceeds from the sale of the planners. This year, a portion of proceeds will go to The Trevor Project and Equal Justice Initiative.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m actually a nurse by profession, but I have always had a passion for learning and writing. I’ve had blogs of various sorts since I was around 16 years old, and I was able to take everything I have learned about blogging and business and create this incredible project about a topic I’m so passionate about.

I’m more well-known for my other blog, Gentle Vine, which is about making vegan and sustainable living more accessible.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
The truth is so important. With more people getting their information online, there are so many echo chambers out there, and it’s easier to form your own narrative about American history. My goal for this project is to bring people together by sharing true stories about Americans in age-appropriate ways, so that everyone has access to the different perspectives that make us unique. We can all use a little more practice in empathy, understanding, and unity.

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