Recently Henrico County acknowledged Black Men Read as we helped sponsor two events at our partner school, Highland Springs High School (Highland Springs, VA). The first was a Poetry Workshop led by Roscoe Burnems, performance poet, mentor and Founder of the Writer’s Den Poetry Slam Team. The Writer’s Den Poetry Slam Team is Richmond’s premier poetry slam experience which holds performance poetry competitions the last Wednesday of the month. The Writer’s Den Slam team has sent teams to regional and national competitions since 2014 and are currently ranked top 10 in the South.
We are so excited to announce that we have officially gained 501(c)(3) classification and are a tax exempt charitable organization. Additionally, all individual contributions are eligible for federal tax exemption. Please consult your tax professional for details.
The SUMMER OF READING continues! At Black Men Read we love when people read but you know what we love EVEN MORE??? When people read together!! Grab a buddy and read a classic together. Have a family session with the kiddos where each of you grab a new book and enjoy the fun of reading together. But what do you read? What would be a good book to pick up and read with family and friends? Well that’s where Black Men Read’s Monthly Book Lists come in.
I can’t believe I am actually saying this but we are going to be a non-profit! From our humble beginnings in April of 2017 as just a way for some brothers to vent and learn through literature to somehow rekindling our romance with reading ultimately forming a literacy advocacy organization. Wow! I still can’t believe it.
It seemed like just yesterday we did our first book discussion on Facebook. We learned so much from the book “The Hidden Cost of Being African-American” by Thomas M. Shapiro that we just couldn’t wait to share it. It felt good to discuss something important and useful despite the fact the subject was so infuriating. It was constructive. It was a path to progression. That was the part that was exciting. We weren’t out of the trash bin we call America but we had our feet on the ground and we were ready to start stumbling our way to better.
THE NARRATIVE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
As we move from February to March, we move from the cold of the winter to the promise of a rejuvenating spring. We move ever further away from the history of the past year and plant our feet firmly in to the optimistic future of the new calendar. We also make a unique transition from an ultra focus on Black History to a finer appreciation of Women’s History. Although accidental, our group’s choice of #BookoftheMonth for February and March and my personal reading choice in between seem fitting and inspirational at the same time.
Our #BookoftheMonth for March 2018 is about the life of activist Assata Shakur, a black revolutionary and powerful figure of the Black Power movement in the 60s. Her story, although mostly couched in previous periods of time, still resonate in today’s societal struggles with police brutality, mass incarceration and military style policing.
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I Don’t Know Squat About Black Women…and Other Things Eve Ewing Brought To My Attention
So be honest, Black man. I mean really and truly honest. Do you think you know Black women? I mean do you think you know enough about their passions, their goals, how they feel about Black men? How they feel when they are approached by Black men? How they feel when they get THE perfect hair care product? If you were interviewed, do you think you can give a fair assessment of the psyche of the Black woman? Yeah? So how much? Like 10%? 20%? 95%?!?
If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, you sir are delusional!
Our #BookoftheMonth for February 2018 is going to turn your understanding of Martin Luther King and his theology on its head. “Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community?” by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of those classic pieces written by a great author that not many people quote even years later. King, well-known for his eloquent speeches and enduring leadership, details his criticism and path for reconciliation for the black community, white liberals, federal and local government, black power groups and a host of others. I think we will all be forced to self examine where it is we think our community is headed and what part we are playing in its progress and possibly its decline.
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Our #BookoftheMonth for January 2018 is set to be a page turner. “Electric Arches” by Eve Ewing is getting rave reviews from a variety of sources. I normally don’t pay too much attention to reviews but many book bloggers are saying the same and as you know the social media crowd can sometimes be a bit harsh. I think we will all enjoy what she has to say and I definitely look forward to discussing this one.