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.
I have been asked many times what made you do it? What made you and Lance start BLACK MEN READ? I sometimes struggle to answer the question. You see this thing we are doing didn’t start from a warm and fuzzy happy place like we would love to say it did. It wasn’t because “two brothers with a passion for literature” decided to share their passion with the world. It wasn’t some storybook beginning for two bookworms who met in an HBCU library on the campus of a prestigious institution. It all started from a place of anger, a place of frustration. It’s nothing we are ashamed of or try to hide but we truly wish the start was different.
So how did BLACK MEN READ begin?