SLCL Presents Will Jawando

Friday, May 13th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Westfall Politics & History Series, and Left Bank Books present Activist and Community Leader, Will Jawando, Author of “My Seven Black Fathers: A Young Activist’s Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole.” 
 
In Conversation with St. Louis City Mayor Tishaura Jones.
 
 
Will Jawando tells a deeply affirmative story of hope and respect for men of color at a time when Black men are routinely stigmatized. In “My Seven Black Fathers,” Will looks back on the relationships with an extraordinary series of mentors that enabled him to thrive, including President Barack Obama, who made Will his associate director of public engagement at the White House—and who invited him to play basketball on more than one occasion. Without the influence of these men, Will knows he would not be who he is today: a civil rights and education policy attorney, a civic leader, a husband, and a father. Drawing on Will’s inspiring personal story and involvement in My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama’s national initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color, “My Seven Black Fathers” offers a transformative way for Black men to shape the next generation.
 
Doors open at 6:00pm.
Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.
Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
 
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131
Books: 
My Seven Black Fathers: A Young Activist's Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374604875
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 3rd, 2022