A Conversation with Kwame Alexander: My Brother's Keeper Ohio & Ohio Library Council


Join us on Zoom for a conversation with Kwame Alexander, discussing The Crossover, winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award Honor. Opening remarks by Senator Sherrod Brown.

This event will serve as a kick-off for a new book club for students involved with My Brother’s Keeper (MBK). MBK is a statewide coalition of advocates and communities dedicated to improving outcomes for boys and young men of color and creating opportunities for all of Ohio’s youth.


About the Author

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, including The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, How to Read a Book, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, SwingRebound, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal, and, his Newbery Medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover.

My Brother’s Keeper Ohio was launched in October 2018 to serve as a support system for Ohio’s 11 MBK communities. The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at The Ohio State University leads the coordination of Ohio’s first-ever statewide network and works in partnership with the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Senator Sherrod Brown to help MBK communities build capacity, implement evidence-based strategies, and measure progress in closing opportunity gaps for Ohio's youth.