The Personalities Behind Hope
If you’ve read this year’s One Maryland One Book selection, A Hope in the Unseen, you’re familiar with the engrossing story of Cedric Jennings’ journey from the inner city to the Ivy League. But do you know the story behind the story? You do if you were one of the 2008 Baltimore Book Festival attendees who crowded under the tent to hear Hope author Ron Suskind!
Speaking to a packed audience, Suskind entertained and inspired participants with his recounting of his first meeting with Jennings more than a decade ago while searching for leads in what would become the series of Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal articles that were the impetus for Hope.
Afterward, Suskind received a surprise visit from Jennings himself!
The event, which was introduced by Maryland First Lady, and Honorary OMOB Chair, Katie O’Malley was one of two appearances by Suskind in conjunction with One Maryland One Book. Don’t miss Suskind’s next appearance at North Point High School in Waldorf on October 22.
Baltimore City high school students got the inside scoop on Jennings’ story during a recent appearance by the book’s subject at the Walters Art Museum. Jennings not only spoke of his past, and the obstacles he overcame to obtain an education, he also related his enthusiasm for his current occupation — working with and mentoring young people.
You can hear Jennings talk about his experiences and influences yourself at Snow Hill High School in Snow Hill on October 20.