We Can Be the Change: Writing Solutions to Violence

Free Minds, PEN/Faulkner, and Shout Mouse Press presented a poetry reading and discussion on an innovative tool to end violence. Read More

Historic Visit: Congressman, Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Speaks to Book Club at DC Jail

Congressman John Lewis and his Policy Advisor and co-author Andrew Aydin visited the juvenile unit at the DC Jail to discuss their graphic novel March: Book One, and speak about non-violence, grief, struggle, and hope.Read More

“We Can Be the Change” Featured on Harris’s Heroes!

The Free Minds “We Can Be the Change: Working to End Violence in Our City” event was a tremendous success, and was featured on ABC7/WJLA-TV’s “Harris’s Heroes” segment!

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Award-Winning All American Boys Authors Discuss Racism and Police Brutality

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely met with the eager young readers in the Book Club to discuss All American Boys, the young adult novel they co-authored about how systemic racism and police brutality affect the lives of young people in America. The novel won the 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award as well as the inaugural Walter Dean Myers Award from We Need Diverse Books.

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George Pelecanos and Stephen Kinigopoulos Share Short Film with the Book Club

DC author George Pelecanos and filmmaker Stephen Kinigopoulos, who met on the set of HBO’s The Wire, visited the Book Club at the DC Jail to share their short film The Confidential Informant and discuss the complicated relationship between fathers and sons.

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