Pitts-Wiley to bring ‘REFLECTIONS: Growing up a Black Man in America’ to Newport campus


The African-American community is a sacred place, but it’s not a secret space.

This is what has inspired Rhode Island author and director Ricardo Pitts-Wiley to use stories, poetry and music to highlight the delicate and dangerous terrain that African-American men must navigate in their daily life. It is a life that is full of music, love and laughter set against a backdrop of daily struggles for survival, and it is a life that Pitts-Wiley wants to share with the Community College of Rhode Island.

Pitts-Wiley, in partnership with the CCRI Office of Student Life and the Newport County NAACP, will present “REFLECTIONS: Growing up a Black Man in America.” The free public event is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at CCRI’s Newport County Campus The event is part of CCRI’s celebration of Black History Month but was rescheduled from a February date because of inclement weather.

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