Black Boy, Black Boy - The Book Drive
Let's get this book into the hands of kids who need it NOW!
How does this work?
This is our peaceful protest: Handing out personally addressed and autographed books to children who are on the frontlines - in the freezing or scorching temps, in the rain and snow, and chanting because their lives do depend on it. Donate $10 today and this becomes YOUR peaceful protest.
In May of 2020, after the senseless killing of George Floyd, my team and I started a campaign that offered free books to children at the protests. The 200 children we could afford to reach showed us this is necessary work. We saw the joy wash over them. They and their parents sought us out and wrote us in deep gratitude. This week, we started the program again in solidarity with Daunte Wright, another black boy taken too soon.
We are handing out books as fast as the donations roll in. Everyday, there are kids we can't reach. We need more books. We need your help.
We expect peaceful protests, demonstrations, vigils, and memorials to continue through this spring, as our community navigates calling for justice for Wright and Floyd (including maximum sentencing) and honor the life of George Floyd on the anniversary of his murder. We estimate 3,000 children will attend. We want to show up with a book for each and every one of them. With your help we can.
Who's idea is this?
“At a time when we still have to shout that Black Lives Matter, I want to prompt the Black boys, who I love, to envision all the possibilities before them. I want them to picture a future of positivity and hope - one of pride in their own greatness and power.” ~Crown Shepherd
That's me. I'm Crown Shepherd, the author of Black Boy, Black Boy. I am an author, educator, and activist who could not find a way to bring my work to life for children through the mainstream publishing industry. Though they loved my work, they would only publish it if we "white-washed" it. We heard: "The black child on the cover cannot be wearing glasses" and "The black children all need to look the same and have lighter skin tone". I crowdsourced, saved, and borrowed to bring Black Boy, Black Boy to life. I am doing the same for Black Girl, Black Girl coming later this year. I keep exploring how to cover printing costs in order to reach kids in need. I am certain this campaign partnership is going to get the books in the hands of the those kids!
How does my donation help?
It costs me $12 to print every copy. Partnering with the Minnesota Montessori Network, I have covered $2 of every book. That means for every $10 you donate, a book goes to child.
You can help with a $10 donation.
You can organize your friends and family to each sponsor at least one book.
You can help us get books to many children in a single or recurring donation.
If you choose a recurring donation, you will also be supporting our summer outreach to children who lose touch with books when school lets out and our partnerships with schools serving Black children in the fall.
What's special about this book?
Is this donation tax deductible?
The Minnesota Montessori Network, a 501(c)(3) that is sponsoring this book drive, will email you a receipt for 100% of the value of your donation. Please consult your personal tax preparer regarding the tax benefit of deducting donations to nonprofit entities.