The relevance of young black men seeing strong adult role models can’t be underestimated. In a community that often sees the images of black men and women distorted by ridiculous and unfair portrayals of blackness, events such as Books and Barbershops, are important in reinforcing positive images to young people. The Books and Barbershops group was formed to pair young black men with strong male role models in their community and offer mentorship about the importance of literacy, the arts and goal setting. The Be a Reader to Be a Leader event, sponsored by Metro United Way through its Books and Barbershops initiative, will be hosted at Big City Styles on Chestnut, highlighting the importance of literacy.
Saturday, March 18Big City Styles
1 p.m. | Free