TAMPA, Florida – A collection of poems by students from Hillsborough and Pasco County has been quickly flying off the shelves since its release. ‘I am … A Young Black Man’ is described as a book of poetry that celebrates black adolescence.
It was the idea of ââGentlemen’s Quest executive director Tavis Myrick, who wanted to create a platform for young black men to speak out in the midst of the social justice movement.
The book is also a strong candidate for presentation at the National Museum of Poetry.
âBooks like this help people realize that our young black men have a voice,â Myrick said of the 31-page book with illustrations by the authors.
âSometimes when we see police violence, when we see drugs, we think it only affects adults,â he said. “It ripples through our schools and has an impact on our students’ academic performance and their mental health.”
Miles Jones is a student at Strawberry Crest High School and co-author of the book. I’m smart and athletic, I wonder what the future holds for me, “he wrote.
Myrick says the students shared some deep thoughts that could be overlooked “There are other students who said my mom always pushes me towards my dream. There are other things people said is this. that I will live after 2021. “
Jones says he wants to pursue a career in the aerospace industry.
He is involved in the Gentlemen’s Quest of Tampa, a non-profit organization founded by Myrick in 2014.
Minority students come to the Center on East Lake Avenue for free academic support, training and meals.
Jones says the STEM camp encouraged his career aspirations. “It piqued my curiosity for engineering even more,” he said.
As Jones continues to pursue his dream job, his current author title is the one he celebrates.
Thousands of people have bought and been inspired by her poem and her heartfelt words that help others find their voice.
Proceeds from the sale of the book will fund a trip to Washington DC for students during Black History Month.