HUGE THANKS to all who participated in the Librii Interview Marathon this week. We are working hard to bring an edited version of the proceedings out ASAP, but here is one memory from the day:
One of our fellows, Tone, was discussing that while growing up he was told he wouldn't finish high school or amount to much of anything. Kymone Freeman, a local artist / radio station manager / activist got very animated about how he experienced the same thing while growing up in height of crack and AIDS epidemic in the 80's. He was told he wouldn't live past 25 and he acted accordingly. Once he got past that period and looked back he felt something precious - the investment he should have made in his future at that time - had been robbed from him. Kymone's feelings were that his entire generation had a similar experience. Kymone then offered Tone the explicit message that he DOES believe Tone will make something of his life and that the community will be there for him. That HE will be there for him.
Librii is excited and honored to serve as a place that creates opportunities for connection and conversation, investment and encouragement. Thanks again to fellows and guests for a great dialogue. Can't wait to share the rest of the day.
by David Dewane, Librii Executive Director