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Authors Visit to Discuss Black Lives Matter, Police Brutality

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely to speak at Millersville University Student Memorial Center’s Reighard Multipurpose Room March 27 at 7 p.m.

Brendan Kiely author photo
Brendan Kiely

The One Book committee at Millersville University invites students, staff, faculty and the community to the Student Memorial Center (SMC) on March 27 to hear Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely speak about their award winning, New York Times Bestseller, “All American Boys,” a novel written with “rage and love.

The free event will take place in the Reighard Multipurpose Room of the SMC at 7 p.m. on March 27.

After writing books separately, Reynolds and Kiely discussed their mutual anger and frustration after George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin. After Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson the two authors decided to co-author “All American Boys.” While many adults shy away from discussions of race, these authors chose to bring the conversation to kids and teens.

“All American Boys,” a young adult novel, centers around an instance of police brutality from the perspectives of two high school classmates. The two characters; Rashad who was wrongly suspected of shoplifting and beaten by a policeman; and Quinn who witnessed the beating, navigate the aftermath within their community following racial profiling and police brutality. The characters in “All American Boys” struggle with decisions that must be made following a violent incident, sparking meaningful conversations about race.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the keynote event. Additionally, Kiely’s most recently published novel, “The Last True Love Story,” and Reynold’s “Long Way Down” will be available for purchase. For further information check the events calendar. For a recent interview on “The Daily Show” visit



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