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Dear White Friend: The Realities of Race, the Power of Relationships and Our Path to Equity (Hardcover)

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My friend, I do not believe you are a racist.

​Melvin Gravely eloquently accomplishes what many have undoubtedly wished to do: talk openly to someone we know about race in the United States today. Gravely uses significant experience as a business and civic leader to express a rare balance in this timely message. Dear White Friend is a forthright, collegial conversation via chapters in the form of letters, each with a combination of personal reflection, meaningful hard facts, an invitation to understand something previously unknown, and specific solutions for individuals and communities. Gravely challenges the reader but without judgment or indictment. His depth of thought, deftness of expression, and clear, layman's terms make for an urgent call to begin to close the gap between races in America. "What is my role in all of this?" the author asks. Readers will realize their answers can change the future.

Melvin Gravely, II is an active civic leader and the CEO of one of the largest commercial construction companies in Cincinnati, Ohio.

About the Author

Mel Gravely is the majority owner and CEO of a commercial construction company in Cincinnati, Ohio, that is a consistent member of the Deloitte 100 list of the largest privately owned companies. He is an active business and civic leader who has chaired the board of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce, served on the board of the United Way, was a founding board member of the Cincinnati Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI Cincinnati), and vice chairperson of Artswave, the largest community arts fund in the nation. He also chaired the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, a group of 100 middle market CEOs working collectively toward meaningful civic action.Gravely earned a BS in Computer Science from Mount Union University, an MBA from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. from the Union Institute and University. He has written eight business books. He is the father of three adult children and married to Chandra (Webb) Gravely. They have one granddaughter.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781626348769
ISBN-10: 1626348766
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication Date: July 27th, 2021
Pages: 208
Language: English