Free Virtual Event on Sept. 23rd Celebrates New Picture Book and Helps Adults Talk with Children about Race and Racial Violence
The Muhammad Ali Center and Flyaway Books will co-host “Believing in a Better World: Talking with Children about Race and Racial Violence” on Wednesday, September 23rd from 7-8:30pm ET. The free, virtual event will celebrate the release of For Beautiful Black Who Believe in a Better World, a timely picture book by author Michael W. Waters and illustrator Keisha Morris, that tells the story of a boy named Jeremiah and his family who discover hopeful forms of activism and advocacy in response to racism and gun violence in their community. The picture book includes a discussion and activity guide created by the Muhammad Ali Center that adults can use with children to further discuss racism, gun violence, and social change.
“Believing in a Better World” will be moderated by Emmy award-winning journalist Jean West of Jean West’s Medical Digest, and panelists include:
- Michael W. Waters – Author of For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World
- Keisha Morris – Illustrator of For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World
- Erin E. Herbert – Director of programming at the Muhammad Ali Center and co-writer of the discussion and activity guide
- Darryl Young, Jr. – Manager of Programming at the Muhammad Ali Center and co-writer of the discussion and activity guide
Together the panelists will discuss their inspiration for working on the picture book and guide, how adults can talk with children about race and racial violence within the context of For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World, and how the issues highlighted within the book tie into both historical and current events. There will also be a Q&A and a book giveaway, where five lucky attendees will win a free copy of For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World.
The event is free but registration is required for those wishing to attend the virtual event via Zoom. Register today at bit.ly/Believing-in-a-Better-World. “Believing in a Better World” will also be streamed on Facebook via the Muhammad Ali Center and Flyaway Books for attendees who want to host watch parties around the event.
For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World will be available for purchase soon after its release at the Ali Center Retail Store and the Ali Center Online Store.