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Last week the Center for Poets and Writers at OSU Tulsa held a powerful reading and discussion of RJ Young‘s newly released memoir, Let It Bang: A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey into Guns.

Young’s story details his journey into becoming an NRA certified pistol instructor as a black man in America.

Using humor and perspectives gained from his life experiences RJ Young invites us to explore the idea of our second amendment right and how exercising that right holds differing implications; as well as risks; depending on your race in America.

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Young earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Tulsa, a master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma and is currently a Ph.D student at Oklahoma State University.

RJ Young’s memoir, Let It Bang, can be purchased at Magic City Books and on Amazon.


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