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This summer, after months of watching race continue to divide communities in Ferguson, Baltimore and so many other places, writer Jabari Asim said in The New York Times, "The sooner my children and grandchildren — all African-American — can learn about what it means to be black in a society still riven by racist attitudes and the uneven application of justice, the better equipped they’ll be to navigate it."
With Jabari Asim, a creative writing professor at Emerson College and the editor of the NAACP's magazine "The Crisis," his family will likely learn about life through literature, film and reality.
And then there's also his new novel, "Only the Strong." It takes place in a fictional Midwestern location — Gateway City. It could be St. Louis, where the writer grew up. It's a 1970s, post-Martin Luther King assassination moment. A time of sweeping social and political change.
Jabari Asim, author of "Only the Strong" and associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College. He's also executive editor of The Crisis, the NAACP’s flagship journal of politics, ideas and culture. He tweets @jabariasim.
This segment aired on August 20, 2015.