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Ten Men Celebrates Life on Charlotte’s West Side

Charlotte, NC – September 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm, Johnson C. Smith University will commemorate the publication of its latest volume with a book launch and signing of Ten Men: Exploring the Passion and Progress of Black Men on Charlotte’s Historic West Side, an insightful oral history celebrating the lives of ten of Charlotte’s most dynamic change-agents working to strengthen one of Charlotte’s oldest African-American communities (pre-order the book here) featuring: Charles Jones, Darrel Williams, Damian Johnson, Alvin Austin, Colin Pinkney, Titus Ivory, Melvin Herring, Alvin Austin, Darryl Gaston, and Jerry McJunkins. The book launch and signing takes place in the New Science Center Auditorium.

Ten Men Cover FrontTen Men is a literary antidote to the sobering statistics plaguing Charlotte’s black males, set squarely on Charlotte’s West Side. Edited by award-winning journalist and author Ron Stodghill, the work blends glimpses into the community’s storied history with discussions of a present being dramatically reshaped by gentrifying neighborhoods, an imminent Gold Line streetcar, and new business and commercial construction.

The second in a volume inviting readers into a new era of civic engagement, Ten Men invites readers into the minds and hearts of some of the city’s most exceptional leaders as they leverage the power of community groups, book clubs, churches, athletic teams, and even barbershops to build a Charlotte where all its citizens have a voice and a prosperous future.

Ten Men, developed under the auspices of Smith Institute for Applied Research, articulates JCSU President Ronald L. Carter’s vision to provide records of the present so that future generations can understand the factors shaping their lives in a different way than the traditional, one that leads with a strengths perspective when discussing black males in Charlotte and beyond. In his preface, he challenges the reader to see the black male as an agent for change in his own community, and questions whether the “deficit/problem-based model lead[s] to much bigger problems “.

An agent for change, Ten Men provides a platform for celebrating black male leaders in Charlotte during the book’s launch and signing, September 19th in JCSU’s New Science Center Atrium and Auditorium, as well as will serve as the theme for Smith Institute’s main panel discussion during its annual symposium October 11th ***Note: Symposium has been tentatively re-scheduled for the first week in December*** in Grimes Lounge.

Ten Men is available is available for pre-orders online via JCSU in paperback form. Paperback copies will also be available at Amazon.com, and in the JCSU bookstore. Ten Men will also be available digitally in Kindle, Nook, and iPad formats.

Johnson C. Smith University is Charlotte’s Premier Independent Urban University.

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