Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho is an adaptation of Acho’s original title, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. I have not read the adult title, but wanted to read the middle grade/young adult title as I work with children. I do think this one reads more young adult, but either way it is a very good book that I think would function well as a companion to Stamped – either the YA or middle grade version. (Look out for my review of the middle grade version soon!)
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The summary, from Amazon:
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.
Buy Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy here.
You can also read the original version, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.
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Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I haven’t read the original, but I loved this adaptation. Definitely geared more towards YA. Much love for a former Philadelphia Eagle!
That being said, while I enjoyed it and see it as a useful read for kids, I understand the criticisms I see in others’ reviews.
Book Club Questions
- Have you taken any of the next steps from the “Talk It, Walk It” sections of this book? What were they?
- What did you learn from Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy?
- Have you read the adult version of Uncomfortable Conversations? How did it compare?
- How do you think Acho’s experience as an NFL player might affect his view and the ability he has to express it?
- Do we need more books about race and racism geared towards white readers?
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