Fri, Jan 27|
Sankofa Video, Books, & Café
Getting On Code Book Discussion
Join us for a chat with Independent Author Aaron Maybin about his latest title, Getting On Code.
Time & Location
Jan 27, 2023, 5:30 PM – 6:40 PM
Sankofa Video, Books, & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
About The Event
About the book:
During the past few years, Aaron Maybin has made waves across the country through his Art, his writing, and his tireless work in Baltimore City. But over the last year, he isolated himself and labored over his latest manuscript. In this prophetic word he lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams around the biggest issues facing Black people in America today, including the need for better jobs, better schools, decent housing, and more economic opportunity. With a universal message of love and unwavering hope, his message resonates, Maybin demands an end to the prison industrial complex and the War on Drugs that is still destroying Black communities today. But he also touches on cancel culture, masculinity, Rebuilding Black families and restoring Black communities from the inside out. This collection of street sermons is a prophetic challenge to Black people in hoods across America to come together, organize, unify, and Get on Code with one another, to build a new society where we can all be free.
About the author:
Aaron Maybin is a 32-year-old Art-Activist and former professional football player from Baltimore City, Maryland. Selected as the 11th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills as a former All-American defensive end at Penn State University. Aaron went on to play in the NFL for the New York Jets and the Cincinnati Bengals in a 5-year career before making the decision to walk away from football to pursue a career as a professional artist, activist, author, educator and community organizer. His transition from full-time NFL superstar to full-time artist and philanthropist has been extensively covered by ESPN, CBS, Fox, and garnered an HBO documentary warmly received by critics. His art, photography, and writing have been exhibited in Galleries and museums internationally, examining many socially relevant themes and issues, drawn from his own personal experiences as a pro athlete and growing up as a young Black man in America. Aaron uses his public platform and artistic voice to advocate for racial and economic equality, arts education, and recreational youth programing in underprivileged communities across the country.
In 2009, Aaron established Project Mayhem to provide aid, both personal and economic, to help underprivileged and at risk youth excel beyond their current conditions. Through his work with Project Mayhem and as a teacher, Aaron has implemented art workshops and curricula into many Schools in the Baltimore City area that have had budget cuts due to a lack of State Funding. Aaron teaches creative arts and literacy in Baltimore public schools, created his Art Activism Curriculum (being taught in several Baltimore City Schools), and also Co-founded the Operation Heat Campaign, raising over $ 90,000 for schools struggling with heating issues in the wintertime.
Aaron is a Fox45 Martin Luther King Jr. Champion of Courage Award recipient, a Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation executive board member, and a member of the newly appointed Mayor’s Transition team, serving on the Arts & Culture Committee. As an Arts teacher in the city, he continues to advocate for public policy to see Art programs restored in schools and more economic opportunities to be provided for the underprivileged people of Baltimore.
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