Black Men Read is a statement to break stereotypes around the perceived lack of literacy and narrow-minded views of black men. This group is for brothers who seek to expand their horizons through reading, as well as the reflections that come along with it. Each month, attending members suggest a shortlist of books and we discuss the selected book the following month. As organizer, I do not vote during these meetups, so most book selections are driven by the members, although I do arbitrarily personally pick a few books throughout the year for discussion.
We learn from one another, we challenge each other and work to understand different perspectives. Culturally, it’s about taking knowledge and putting action to it in our every day lives.
Demographically, the general perspective towards black men worldwide has not been one of intellectualism, favoring limited avenues of exposure to who we are and what we represent. This group's existence defies stereotypes by creating a dynamic where we create the narrative and give back to our community while doing so. Thus, in 2019 we are kicking off our Black Men Read Scholarship fund and many more initiatives.
Marooned in an apartment that overflows with mementos from the past, 91-year-old Ptolemy Grey is all but forgotten by his family and the world. But when an unexpected opportunity arrives, everything changes for Ptolemy in ways as shocking and unanticipated as they are poignant and profound.