Etan Thomas and E.Ethelbert Miller
14th & V | Langston | June 17,2012 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In celebration of Father's Day, Etan Thomas (beloved NBA player, poet, youth advocate, devoted dad and author of Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge) and E. Ethelbert Miller (poet, educator, literary activist, and author of Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer ) will read from their respective works and share thoughts on Fatherhood.

About Etan Thomas'Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge 

“Be there. Those seven letters encompass the tao of fatherhood.” —Etan Thomas

In Fatherhood, beloved NBA player, poet, youth advocate, and devoted dad Etan Thomas speaks from his heart on what matters most in his life: being there for his children. As a highly respected player in the NBA and a leading participant in President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative, Etan has reached out to young men (often young fathers) in the juvenile detention system and in local communities. He knows firsthand the difference having a father in your life every day can make—and as a father of three, Etan walks the talk in his own life. 

Now he brings together a chorus of voices—highly revered professional athletes and coaches, actors and performing artists, politicians and leaders of faith—to weigh in on the importance of being a father in our nation today. Isaiah Washington, Howard Dean, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Taye Diggs, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tony Hawk, Al Sharpton, Chuck D and many more share what they’ve learned from being a father, having a father, or in some cases not having a father around. 

About E. Ethelbert Miller's Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer

With ample insight, candor, and lyricism, poet, scholar, editor, and anthologist E. Ethelbert Miller reflects in these pages on his childhood in the South Bronx, his college days at Howard University, and his ongoing development as a husband, father, poet, and African American author. 

Fathering Words explores how Miller's family and friends shaped his life—in particular, his father Egberto, who came to the U.S. from Panama, and his older brother Richard, who became a monk and died young. With straightforward honesty punctuated by humor and warmth, the quietly pensive Miller offers a memoir of individual as well as universal truth—an original yet familiar story of fathers and sons, families and responsibilities, artistry and awareness.

Both books will be available for purchase at Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore. A signing will follow the discussion.

Free and open to all! 

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