Utica Native Donates Book to Support Youth and History

KevinByrd 2021Utica native Kevin Byrd has donated 30 signed copies of Our Stories, Our Voices: Black Men Speak Their Truth to the History Center. Kevin is one of 13 contributing authors who open up to share their trials and tribulations in this journey called life. The proceeds from books purchased through the History Center will be used to provide memberships to area youth and families focusing on low-income households and students of color. The Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program (YSLPP) at Utica College, the Utica/Oneida County Branch NAACP, and other community organizations will help identify interested students to receive the memberships. Kevin, the OCHC, and our partners hope that this initiative will foster an interest in local history and pride in the community.

“Utica native Kevin Byrd is a world-renowned Prostate Cancer Advocate and co-author of Our Voices, Our Stories: Black Men Speak Their Truth, an Amazon bestseller in the Ethnic Demographic Studies category. Purchasing Kevin Byrd's book will help to support Oneida County History Center research library, gallery, rotating exhibits, and weekly programs featuring authors, historians, and guest artist.”  ~Phil Andrews, President - Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Past President 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc., Co-author Our Voices, Our Stories 

The book is $25.00 (plus tax and shipping where applicable) and can be purchased in-person at 1608 Genesee Street or online through the History Center e-Bookstore.

Link to the e-Bookstore: https://oneidacountyhistory.square.site/

The Oneida County History Center is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history, heritage, and culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley for present and future generations. Admission to exhibit gallery is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. Please contact the History Center at 315-735-3642 or visit the OCHC website (www.oneidacountyhistory.org) for additional information.