Come celebrate the release of American Made Me A Black Man: A Memoir with debut author, Boyah J. Farah.
When: Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 6:30 PM CST
Where: Virtual via Zoom
How: Register on this page. Once you register using our website (with book or without book), you will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours before the event starts.
About the Book
A searing memoir of American racism from a Somalian-American who survived hardships in his birth country only to experience firsthand the dehumanization of Blacks in his adopted land, the United States.
“No one told me about America.”
Born in Somalia and raised in a valley among nomads, Boyah Farah grew up with a code of male bravado that helped him survive deprivation, disease, and civil war. Arriving in America, he believed that the code that had saved him would help him succeed in this new country. But instead of safety and freedom, Boyah found systemic racism, police brutality, and intense prejudice in all areas of life, including the workplace. He learned firsthand not only what it meant to be an African in America, but what it means to be African American. The code of masculinity that shaped generations of men in his family could not prepare Farah for the painful realities of life in the United States.
Lyrical yet unsparing, America Made Me a Black Man is the first book-length examination of American racism from an African outsider’s perspective. With a singular poetic voice brimming with imagery, Boyah challenges us to face difficult truths about the destructive forces that threaten Black lives and attempts to heal a fracture in Black men’s identity.
About the Author
Boyah J. Farah’s work has been featured in the Guardian, Harvard Transition, Scheer Intelligence at KCRW, GrubWrites, and Truthdig. He is the winner of Salon’s best essay of 2017, and he has written for Harvard’s Kennedy School Review, Pangyrus magazine, and the Huffington Post. He recently founded the Abaadi School in his hometown of Garowe, Somalia, which offers instruction in English, Math and Science to boys and girls ages 13–24. He divides his time between Somalia and Boston, Massachusetts.
About the Moderator
Luc Cadet is the Founder and President of Abantu Audio, a culturally curated audiobook platform. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. who loves working in his community.