Rose Jackson-Beavers, Chief Executive Officer of Prioritybooks Publications, grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Illinois State and Southern Illinois Universities. Rose is an inspirational speaker frequently asked to talk to youth and young adults about life issues. She has worked with many teens throughout her community and received numerous awards and recognition for her youth empowerment and publishing work.
She has worked as a freelance writer for A-Magazine, a St. Louis Publication, The Spanish Lake Word Newspaper, and as an Opinion Shaper for the North County Journal Newspaper. Married for thirty-nine years to Cedric, they have one daughter, Adeesha, and one grandson, Isaiah.
Rose is the author of fourteen books. Her book, A Sinner’s Cry, was a finalist in the Religious Fiction category of The Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2012. In addition, Broken Spirit was a finalist in The Next Generation Indie Book Awards in African American Fiction.
Her book, Full Figured 5, with Brenda Hampton, remained in the top ten on Black Expressions Bookclub for several months. Rose is an Amazon bestselling author. She has published over forty authors and over 100 books, with many of the books becoming Amazon best sellers and receiving award-winning recognition.
She has presented workshops to a variety of audiences including:
- No Child Left Behind Conference
- Head Start
- St. Louis Community College Education Program
- Black Leadership Roundtable Education Conference
- Urban League
- Healthy Start National Conference
- PTA & PTO meetings
- Education 4 All Nonprofit Organization
- St. Louis Literary Conference
- Libraries and Book Festivals
- Churches & Community Organizations
Her awards include:
- North County, Inc. – Community Development Leadership Award (2022)
- National Council of Negro Women – East St. Louis Chapter (2019)
- 2017 East St. Louis Unsung Heroes
- 2017 Volunteer Recognition-San Francisco Temple Church for Mental Health Awareness
- 2017 Wise Owl Delta Sigma Theta – East St. Louis Alumnae
- 2011 Center for Racial Harmony Phenomenal Woman
- 2011 NAACP Most Inspiring
- 2010 Awarded Entrepreneur Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Nu Chapter
- 2010 Torch Light Award for Working With Teens
- 2006 and 2006 Nominated for Who’s Who In Black St. Louis
- Dr. Martin Luther King Nominee
- YWCA Award for Human Services
- 2018 Finalist – Next Generation Indie Book Award for African American Category, Broken Spirit
- 2012 Finalist – Next Generation Indie Book Award for Christian Category, A Sinner’s Cry
- 2006 Finalist – Cushcity for Debut Book Backroom Confessions – Drama