Inclusive Dialogue

Confronting Racial Injustice – A virtual conversation with Jason Reynolds, award-winning author of All American Boys
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

A Virtual Conversation with Author Jason Reynolds

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
6-7:15 PM (CT)


In his acclaimed novels, award-winning author Jason Reynolds delves deep into real issues facing young people in the United States. Why do police treat Black teenagers differently than white teenagers? How can we confront racial injustice in our communities? Jason shines a light on these and other questions in his popular books for young adults.

As part of the Global Education program at the Stanley Center, we have co-organized a virtual conversation with Jason, New York Times bestselling author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature at the Library of Congress. Reflecting on his own unique ability to spark difficult conversations among youth through the power of the written word, he inspires all of us to think critically about race relations.

Jason will start the dialogue with Muscatine High School 9th and 10th grade students in the morning, in partnership with the Muscatine Community School District English Language Arts program. The conversation will open to the community at-large on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 6 PM. We encourage our community members in Muscatine, Iowa, and beyond to read All American Boys and join Jason for a virtual conversation.

All American Boys

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely co-authored the award-winning novel, All American Boys. In their own words: “As a Black man and a white man, both writers and educators, we came together to cowrite a book about how systemic racism and police brutality affect the lives of young people in America, in order to create an important, unique, and honest work that would give young people and the people who educate them a tool for talking about these difficult but absolutely vital conversations.”

Ahead of the virtual conversation with Jason, you can purchase a copy of All American Boys at Soul Book Nook Book Store, an Iowa bookstore serving all people with a focus on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. The Musser Public Library also has a limited number of copies of the book to check out (patrons are encouraged to contact the Service Desk to check availability).

Register to Participate

Register today for the “Inclusive Dialogue: Confronting Racial Injustice” virtual conversation with Jason Reynolds on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 6 PM. Immediately following the conversation with Jason, at 7:15 PM, there will be an optional small group discussion for interested participants on ways that the Muscatine community (and other communities in the United States) can confront racial injustice.

Registration is free. You will also receive a link to the All American Boys Reading Guide upon registration. Sign up today!



This virtual discussion was organized in partnership with:

Previous Dialogues in the Author Conversation Series

Empathy in Times of Chaos (November 2020)

A Virtual Discussion with Author Imbolo Mbue

In 2020, Iowans are living in a time when the public health and economic shocks of COVID-19 are further fracturing our already polarized society. Political misinformation, xenophobia, and racism choke our collective capacities for seeing the common humanity in one another. During such times, when even the threat of political mass violence lingers over the country, Americans are reflecting on ideals such as the “American Dream” and seeking opportunities for reconciliation with our neighbors.

As part of the Stanley Center’s work to promote empathy and global citizenship in our local Iowa community, we, with our partners, organized a virtual discussion with Imbolo Mbue, award-winning author of the New York Times Bestseller, Behold the Dreamers. A native of Limbe, Cameroon, and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, Mbue discussed immigration and the American Dream and what her work can teach us about empathy in our relationships with others.

Many of our community members in Muscatine, Iowa (and beyond) read Mbue’s book and joined us on Friday, November 13, 2020 for a virtual discussion.

This virtual discussion was organized in partnership with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, and the Musser Public Library.

Connect with Us

Questions about “Inclusive Dialogue: Author Conversation Series” or our other local programming? Follow us on Facebook for updates, or contact Krista Regennitter, program officer for Global Education!