Wednesday, September 13, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books welcomes diversity educator Aaron Layton, who will sign and discuss his book, Dear White Christian: What Every White Christian Needs to Know About How Black Christians See, Think, & Experience Racism in America, with We Live Here hosts Kameel Stanley & Tim Lloyd!
In the fall of 2014, during the racial and cultural events in Ferguson, MO, Aaron Layton desperately wanted to know what was going on in the minds of his white colleagues, friends, and fellow church members. So, he did what comes naturally to him, but might seem unnatural to many: he asked. That response propelled Aaron to action to deepen the understanding of his white friends, with the hope that greater understanding would result in a greater unity believers possess in Christ. The lessons he learned are the foundation of this book. Dear White Christian is designed for any white Christian who seeks practical tools for beginning or continuing conversations with black brothers and sisters in Christ.
“This book will help you embrace the challenge to recognize the season we are in and steward it well.”
—Thurman L. Williams, Grace and Peace Fellowship Church, St. Louis
Kameel Stanley is a reporter with St. Louis Public Radio. She is also one of the producers of theWe Live Here podcast, covering race, class, power, and poverty in the St. Louis Region. Before moving to St. Louis in summer 2015, Kameel worked for several years as a public safety and city hall beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Times in Florida. In between investigating racial disparities in policing and reporting on racial tensions in city government, she also wrote for Deal Divas, the newspaper's fashion blog. Kameel has roots in the midwest and, like any good Michigander, can point to her hometown using her hand. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She is a pet-mom to a kooky Boston Terrier and loves yoga, shopping and books.
Tim Lloyd grew up north of Kansas City and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Since joining St. Louis Public Radio in 2012, he has won eight Edward R Murrow Awards in categories that include Writing, Hard News, Continuing Coverage, Use of Sound and Sports Reporting. In 2015 he won the Education Writers Association's national award for best beat reporter, broadcast. In 2010 he received the national Debakey Journalism Award and in 2009 he won a Missouri Press Association award for Best News Feature. Previously, he launched digital reporting efforts for Harvest Public Media, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded collaboration between Midwestern NPR member stations that focuses on agriculture and food issues. His stories have aired on a variety of stations and shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Only A Game and Here and Now.
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Dear White Christian from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.