Daralynn Walker is a Children’s Book Author and Owner of Beautiful Works Publishing. Daralynn’s critically acclaimed Children’s series “Madison Miles and Friends” has been featured in the Michigan Chronicle, Fox 2 Detroit, and on Channel 4 news.
A native Detroiter in her own rite, Daralynn found her love for writing and reading at an early age. After reading a majority of the books in the Children’s section growing up, she realized there weren’t that many books with black main characters. She decided to change that with “Madison Miles and Friends”.
Daralynn attended Communication and Media Arts High School and went on to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Theatre Arts with a minor in Marketing. While on the college campus she was very active and volunteered her time with various youth organizations including the King-Chavez-Parks Program, The summer Incentive Program, and worked closely with organizations like The Black Student Union and Meals on Wheels.
While working for a University for some time, Mrs. Walker visited a multitude of Detroit Public High schools and developed relationships with teachers and students alike. After speaking with Counselors, and volunteering her time with Winning Futures; A non-profit that works directly with high schools and brings life skills curriculum straight to the classroom, she saw a need in the community for a mentoring program for girls and partnered with the Friends of the Children’s Museum of Detroit to create The Urban Rose Foundation. This 7 week-Saturday only program accommodated over 30 girls at the Detroit Public library and hosted workshops related to health and wellness, education, entrepreneurship, and etiquette.
Since 2012, The Urban Rose Foundation has been able to give over $5000 away in stipends to young girls going to school in the fall and assist in developing mentorship opportunities within the community. URF has Partnered with Wayne State University and Marygrove College to implement programming geared toward Diverse young women between the ages of 12-18. In addition to this, Daralynn has authored five books within the last 7 years and has completed her Master’s Degree (MBA) in Strategic Management from Davenport University.