Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy (Hardcover)
Adapted from Emmanuel Acho's New York Times bestseller Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, comes an essential young readers edition aimed at opening a dialogue about systemic racism with our youngest generation.
Young people have the power to affect sweeping change, and the key to mending the racial divide in America lies in giving them the tools to ask honest questions and take in the difficult answers.
Approaching every awkward, taboo, and uncomfortable question with openness and patience, Emmanuel Acho connects his own experience with race and racism—from attending majority-white prep schools to his time in the NFL playing on majority-black football teams—to insightful lessons in black history and black culture.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy is just one way young readers can begin to short circuit racism within their own lives and communities.
About the Author
Emmanuel Acho is a Fox Sports Analyst (“Speak for Yourself”) and Host/Producer of “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” a web series opening a dialogue about racism. Drafted to the NFL in 2012, Acho played for the Cleveland Browns and later the Philadelphia Eagles until stepping off the field to begin his broadcast career in 2016. In 2019, Forbes listed Acho as a 30 Under 30 honoree, recognizing him for his success as the youngest national football analyst for ESPN. Acho earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Texas and his family’s nonprofit organization, Living Hope Christian Ministries, is dedicated to providing adequate medical treatment to the people of Nigeria.
*"There is humor, lightness, and relatability in Acho’s reliance on pop culture and experience that will make this title a standout for use in classrooms, libraries, and homes. [W]hether you are 18 or 80, there’s something to learn from in this thought-provoking pick." —Booklist, starred review
"Readers of all races can use this resource to begin having crucial conversations about the need to dismantle systemic racism in this country. A strong addition for public and school libraries who want to offer safe spaces for these necessary conversations." —School Library Journal
"A popular YouTube series on race, “Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man,” turns how-to manual and history lesson for young readers." —Kirkus Reviews