Moseley to discuss his book “Smile for Us”

This week, the Delaware County Library is pleased to host a “Conversation with Damon Moseley” on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. at the Delaware Main Library. Join writer, producer and publisher Damon Moseley for a discussion co-hosted by the Delaware African American Heritage Council and library, followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing of Smile Us.

Moseley’s second book, Smile for Us, was released as part of a movement to stop negative stereotypes about black men portrayed in films and television. He decided he wanted to help the world see black men from a different perspective, so he grabbed his camera and went out looking for beauties across the United States.

The book consists of 32 pictures that look very beautiful on their faces. However, Moseley explains in his introduction that he takes the stereotype out of the box to help black men, teens, and boys separate themselves from stigma.

Mosley hopes his book will have a positive impact full of role models for younger generations, as more and more teens are caught up in violence.

The conversation on September 22 will be led by Johnny Jackson, MBA, Diversity and Equality Supervisor at Marion City Schools. Jackson plans to discuss how Moseley became an author, inspire the book, define language, and explore and reframe themes. They will discuss how negative images of black men – in news coverage, entertainment and politics – have translated into actual legislation against the black community, and why this calls for the need to rebrand through positive images.

If you are interested in learning about Damon Mosley or would like to pre-order the book prior to Thursday’s talk, visit www.smileforwe.com. Registration for the event is not required and attendees can join for free. If you would like a reminder of the event, go to www.delawarelibrary.org/event and add your name to the registration box to receive updates prior to the program.

Teen librarian Shannon recently created a book list called Black Boy Joy consisting of books that celebrate black men and boys. When you enroll in the program, you will receive a digital copy of these titles and more in advance. A hard copy will also be provided in the program.

• “Black Boy Joy” Edited by Kwame Mbalia. From seventeen acclaimed black and non-binary authors comes a vibrant collection of stories, comics, and poems about the power of joy and the wonders of black boyhood.

• “Crossover” by Kwame Alexander. Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan battle disappointment on and off the court while their father shrugs off his declining health.

• “I’m All Good” by Derek Barnes. The confident black narrator of this book takes pride in everything that makes it what it is. He’s got big plans, and he’s no doubt going to see them–because he’s creative, adventurous, smart, fun, and a good friend. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets up. And at other times he is afraid, because it is often misunderstood and called what is not. So slow down and really look and listen, when someone tells you — and shows you — who they are. There are superheroes in our midst!

• “Little Legends: Exceptional Black Men in History” by Witchie Harrison. Profiles of thirty-five notable men in African American history, including James Armstead Lafayette, Thurgood Marshall, Alvin Ailey, and Leland Melvin. Among these biographies, readers will find pilots, artists, politicians, pop stars, athletes, and activists. The legends in this book span centuries and continents, but the common denominator between them is that each of them has carved a path for generations to come.

• “Clean Getaway” by Nick Stone. Throughout his life, William “Scoop” Lamar never seems to stay out of trouble – and now feuds at school have shut down the house. So when G’ma, Scoob’s favorite person on Earth, asks him to go on an impromptu road trip, he’s in an RV faster than he can say FREEDOM. With G’ma’s old maps and a strange pamphlet called the “Green Book for Travelers” at their side, the couple sets out on a journey through G’ma’s memory lane. But the adventure quickly turns into uncertainty: G’ma keeps changing the license plate, dodges Scoob’s questions, and refuses to check Dad’s voice messages. And the farther they go, the more Scoop realizes that the world hasn’t always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and that things aren’t always what they seem – G’ma included.

If you have a question you’d like answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015 or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s website at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we are always happy to ask!

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