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Montgomery College to Host One Maryland One Book Program, Aug. 19 Cedric Jennings, Subject of Book “A Hope in the Unseen,” to Speak at Rockville Campus

Montgomery College will host a special event on Tuesday, August 19, to celebrate Maryland’s first-ever statewide community reading initiative, One Maryland One Book. The initiative, developed by the Maryland Humanities Council, aims to get millions of Marylanders reading, thinking about and talking about “A Hope in the Unseen,” written by Ron Suskind about Cedric Jennings’ life. Jennings will share his personal story and sign books at 7 p.m., in the Theatre Arts Arena on Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

“A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League” looks at the challenges that Jennings faced amidst the poverty and violence in inner city Washington, D.C. and at his journey from Ballou High School to Brown University. In his visit to Montgomery College, Jennings will address the issues of class, race, education, social justice and identity.

Jennings’ courage and love of learning helped him succeed at his Ivy League university. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Brown, Jennings earned master’s degrees from Harvard University and the University of Michigan.

Published in 1998, “A Hope in the Unseen” was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Washington Monthly, and “Booklist.”.

The event at Montgomery College will be the first One Maryland One Book event in the state. It is a collaboration between The Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, the Montgomery College Libraries, the Montgomery College Honors Program, the Montgomery County Public Libraries, The Gazette, Barnes and Noble, Maryland Humanities Council, Maryland Center for the Book, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Maryland State Department of Education and the Bank of America. Refreshments will be provided by The Friends of the Library, Montgomery County.

For more information about Cedric Jennings and Ron Suskind’s book “A Hope in the Unseen,” visit To learn more about the One Maryland One Book initiative, go to:

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