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Dear White Friend

On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library, Adena Health System, the Ross County NAACP, and Ohio University Chillicothe have invited Dr. Melvin Gravely II to speak to members of our community about his newest book, Dear White Friend. Dr. Gravely’s book a series of letters written to a colleague and friend to help explore the topic of race. We hope you will read the book (available at the library), join us for one of Dr. Gravely’s presentations, and also participate in one of the discussion groups that will meet in the months following the Community Forum.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 Events:

  • 12:00-1:30pm:  Luncheon for community leaders
  • 5:00-6:30pm:  Dinner for discussion leaders (If you are interested in leading a discussion, please contact Adult Services Manager Liz Gibbons-Camp at
  • 7:00-9:00pm:  Community Forum

Events will be held at Ohio University, Chillicothe.

Register here

About the Author:


Dr. Melvin Gravely II

Dr. Melvin J. Gravely II is the majority owner & CEO of TriVersity Construction Company, among the largest construction companies in the Cincinnati, Ohio, region. An active business and civic leader who has chaired the board of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Gravely 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.

About Dear White Friend

From Greenleaf Book Press:  Mel Gravely eloquently accomplishes what many have wished to do: talk openly to someone they know about race. Combining personal insight with meaningful hard facts, Gravely challenges readers—without judgment—to adopt a new perspective on the issues of race.

The book is structured around the three critical questions at the heart of the issue. First, what is really going on with race in our country? Second, why must we care? And third, what can we do about it together? The book is candid yet collegial; thought-provoking yet full of practical solutions; direct without placing blame. At the end, Gravely calls upon readers to ask themselves, “What’s my role in all of this?” Readers will realize their answer to his question can change everything.

The objective of the book is to provide an on-ramp for important conversations about race with friends, community leaders, board members, business leaders
and everyone in between. Gravely is now engaging in media interviews and personal appearances to promote better dialogue about race and to be more intentional about our path to equity.

Place a hold on a copy of Dear White Friend.

Check out an eBook copy of Dear White Friend from the Ohio Digital Library.

Read the library’s column in the Gazette about the events.