Nic Stone will be in conversation with Rashad Staton, Youth Engagement Specialist for Baltimore City Public Schools.
One Book Baltimore is a new initiative that provides opportunities for Baltimore City 7th and 8th graders, their families, and community members to connect through literature by reading the same book. This year’s book is New York Times bestseller Dear Martin by Nic Stone.
Nic Stone is a native of Atlanta and a Spelman College graduate. After working extensively in teen mentoring and living in Israel for a few years, she returned to the United States to write full-time. Dear Martin, her first novel, is loosely based on a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. Shaken by the various responses to these incidents—and to the pro-justice movement that sprang up as a result—Stone began Dear Martin in an attempt to examine current affairs through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings.
Rashad Staton is a proud product of Baltimore City Public Schools, graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, and alumn of Morgan State University. Rashad is a passionate leader who prides himself in knowing that he has the ability to spark and mold the minds of students and future young leaders. As a Youth Engagement Specialist for Baltimore City Public Schools, Rashad leads an innovative engagement initiative called YOU(th) UP -NEXT!, that upholds and promotes the importance of Student Wholeness, Literacy, and Leadership for City School's Middle and High School population.
Find out more about One Book Baltimore
One Book Baltimore is generously supported by T. Rowe Price.
Recorded On: Wednesday, December 12, 2018