Panel Discussion

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Believing in a Better World
Talking with Children about Race and Racial Violence

Panel Discussion on Wednesday, September 30 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. EST.


Flyaway Books and the Muhammad Ali Center are proud to host a virtual panel discussion with the creators of the new picture book, For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World. Panel guests will discuss how adults can talk with children about race and racial violence. There will also be a book giveaway, where five lucky attendees will win a free copy of the picture book. The event will be presented via Zoom Webinar. Registration is free but it is required.

Please contact Erin E. Herbert (
or Kerri Daly ( for more information.

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Jean West
Jean West is an Emmy award-winning broadcaster with more than 30 years of experience at WAVE-TV, WHAS-TV, and WFPL-FM, in Louisville, Kentucky. She broke the color barrier in Louisiana and Kentucky, as the first African American to anchor prime time newscasts at network affiliates, and she is the proud owner of FacesWest Productions. Jean is also a member of the Muhammad Ali Center Board of Directors. For more information, visit


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Keisha Morris
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Erin Herbert
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Darryl Young
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Photo credit: JD Higgins

Michael W. Waters  
Author of For Beautiful Black Boys Who
Believe in a Better World

Michael W. Waters is an award-winning author, activist, professor, and pastor. A sought-after speaker to national and international audiences, he is a frequent social commentator for major media outlets. He was named one of America’s emerging leaders by Ebony magazine and has received multiple honors for his work in peace and justice. For more information, visit

Keisha Morris
Illustrator of For Beautiful Black Boys Who
Believe in a Better World

Keisha Morris grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, studied illustration in New York City, and now tells stories through pictures and words in Reno, Nevada. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. For more information, visit

Erin E. Herbert 
Director of Programming, Muhammad Ali Center and co-writer of the guide
Erin E. Herbert is responsible for the creation, development, and evaluation of education initiatives for local, national, and global audiences at the Muhammad Ali Center. Erin currently serves on the Templeton Scholars Advisory Board for Hanover College and on the Louisville Metro Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods Advisory Council.

Darryl Young Jr. 
Manager of Programming, Muhammad Ali Center and co-writer of the guide
Darryl Young Jr. oversees youth initiatives, cultivates strategic community partnerships, and produces programming at the Muhammad Ali Center. He is heavily involved with various causes and organizations, including the Cities United Initiative, the National Black Male Achievement movement, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated.



Available September 2020: Preorder Today!
Inspired by real-life events, For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World tells the story of a boy named Jeremiah and his family who discover hopeful forms of activism and advocacy in response to racism and gun violence in their community. The book includes a discussion and activity guide created by the Muhammad Ali Center that explores racism, gun violence, and social change.