Monday, July 03, 2006

Author Visit: Don Tate

Do not miss Don Tate's account of this library visit.
His audience was a group of "10-20 young men ages 12 to 17," each a convicted felon.

One painting, in particular drew the most attention and discussion. It was a painting I created many years ago, a poster for the book Scorpions (Walter Dean Myers). It depicted a scene where one gang member held a gun to another kids head, very graphic. I was shocked to learn that almost all of these young men had read that book. With excitement, they recounted the scene from the story (Backs up what I wrote earlier about needing books that speak to black males; They do read!).

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