EventsOur Brothers: A Dialogue on the Current Perception of Black Men

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Our Brothers: A Dialogue on the Current Perception of Black Men

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Woodson Regional


Please join the Chicago Public Library for a discussion that will focus on the current perception of black men in America and what has changed since the Civil Rights Era of the 60s and now.

Dr. Obari Cartman

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Dr. Cartman is a father, son, brother, uncle, thinker, writer, therapist, photographer, drummer, and grassroots mental health advocate. Dr. Cartman has served as a professor of psychology at Georgia State University and the Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern University. He wrote a critically acclaimed book Lady's Man: Conversations for Young Black Men About Relationships and Manhood for young Black men about manhood and relationships which was recently expanded into a hip-hop based cultural identity rites of passage curriculum called MANifest that is being implemented in juvenile detention centers, schools and in private community settings.

Civil Rights Attorney Mawuli Davis,

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Mawuli Mel Davis is an African-Centered Civil Rights Attorney, Human Rights Organizer, and Author based in Atlanta. For nearly 30 years he has been involved in building coalitions, organizing protests, and conducting training to support the Black Liberation Movement. He is the author of We Need You: Encouraging My Son's Generation for Black Liberation. Mawuli has been intentional about developing youth empowerment programs as a co-founder of Let Us Make Man, The Black Man Lab, and Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights.

Damon Mosley

 Photo Courtesy of Damon Mosley

Damon Mosley is a Columbus, Ohio based writer, producer, and photography buff. He began his writing career by submitting articles to his favorite publications while studying at Columbia University. In 1995, his first story appeared in SLAM magazine. From there he switched gears to cartoons, authoring a comic strip called Mosley that was picked up for development by Universal Press Syndicate in 2005. After years of developing various projects in Hollywood, Damon released a new photo book Smile for We - a collection of portraits dedicated to changing the stereotypical image of Black men.

How to Attend
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African American History
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Adults: 18 and up
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