Black Men Read Wishlist
Black Men Read was started by two Black mothers, Yodit Mesfin Johnson and Tamara Ibarisha. Drawing on their professional and lived experiences, these women saw a need for a literacy program that centered their cultural experiences and history in the stories their children heard. The intention is not to be exclusive, instead they set out to normalize the historical and cultural contributions of Black people through stories while uplifting and countering the narrative that Black men don’t engage in their families or communities. The program took shape during Black History month in 2016 when the women activated their networks and set out to host reading events for children at their school and also established a relationship with Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center in Ypsilanti, creating a story time for families once a month on Saturday mornings. The events were well received and families consistently praised the mission of honoring and normalizing Blackness in our beloved community. The women believe that the stories told are important and essential so that children can “see” themselves in the stories that are read to them. They believe this is key to all children's cultural awareness and development and as such, this program is open to all.
Gift books directly from our Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center wish list
Our wish list have been specifically curated to fulfill requests and meet the current needs at our libraries in schools, community centers, and shelters across the Washtenaw County. By giving from the wish list, which is as easy as making a regular purchase, you’re ensuring that the books you give are exactly what our children, families, and teachers want and that they’ll go exactly where they’re needed most. View our BMR wish list below:
At check out, please write "Ship to Black Men Read" in the order comments section. Also, unless otherwise stated, Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center will provide your name to BMR with orders shipped in your behalf.
Thank you so much for your participation and support!