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BEN JEALOUS AND TRABIAN SHORTERS SPEAK TO MOREHOUSE STUDENTS ON NEW BOOK REACH

BEN JEALOUS AND TRABIAN SHORTERS SPEAK TO MOREHOUSE STUDENTS ON NEW BOOK REACH

President of Moreshouse College joins discussion with Trabian Shorters and Ben Jealous

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 (ATLANTA, GA) – Benjamin Todd Jealous and Trabian Shorters kicked off the national tour for their inspirational literary project REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding in Friday, February 6, 2015.  Atlanta was the first city impacted by REACH; and included a day of media buzz, and several activities celebrating the book’s launch earlier in the week. Barnes & Noble Buckhead hosted the first book signing which included a conversation with Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters speaking with an intimate group about how Reach came to life, and why they felt the timing was perfect for the project. The conversation was moderated by TV personality and community spokesman Jeff Johnson.

“There is genius in every zip code,” Benjamin Jealous said. “Our young men will not duplicate what they do not see.” Jealous then touched on how the book should be an inspirational instrument for African-American men. Jealous, Shorters and Johnson read their favorite excerpts from the book. After a quick Q&A from various audience members, the listeners had their personal copy of Reach signed by Jealous and Shorters.
The authors continued the celebration for, REACH, with a panel discussion at Morehouse collcge entitled, Reaching for Our Youth. The panel discussion included 20 pre-selected students from Morehouse along with media and community leaders. The conversation included the need for more positive African American male role models and touched on ways to incite the community to unite on issues such as education and economic empowerment. Jeff Johnson served as commentator for the event as well.

Along with Jelaous and Shorters, panel participants included; State Rep. Stacey Abrams, actor and activist Lamman Rucker, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church Dr. Raphael G. Warnock and president of Morehouse College John Silvanus Wilson. “There’s a humility that has to come with self-empowerment,” Lamman Rucker said. The audience connected with his explanation of being united and not separating because of class or wealth. Stacey Abrams told a detail story of why not being registered to vote is connected to indictments not happening. The panel concluded with a Q&A session from students.

The REACH kick-off concluded with a private reception at the private residence of John Silvanus Wilson, Morehouse college president. In addition to congratulating Jealous and Shorters, Wilson pledged to provide copies of the book for the upcoming Morehouse freshman class. Jealous and Shorters expressed their gratitude for the Morehouse support and the books Atlanta reception. They also thanked representatives from JP Morgan Chase for sponsoring the REACH tour.

REACH will impact NY, DC and LA next with additional cities to follow.

Follow Benjamin Todd Jealous and Trabian Shorters on Twitter and Instagram:
@BenJealous & @TSatKF

This event is on social media here:
#ReachTheBook #ReachWithUs

About the Authors
Benjamin Todd Jealous is the former president and CEO of the NAACP and a renowned public figure with a broad national audience. He is also a partner at Kapor Capital, an Oakland-based firm that leverages the tech sector to create progressive social change. A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous has been on the “40 Under 40” Lists of both Forbes and Time. In 2013, The Washington Post referred to him as “one of the nation’s most prominent civil rights leaders.”

Trabian Shorters is a social entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in diverse fields including national service, technology, nonprofit, and philanthropy. An expert on using asset framing to address social problems, Trabian is best known for applying it to black male issues. In 2011, he launched BMe Community while serving as vice president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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