Meet Bob and Mike
Robert L. Pellegrino
was raised in a nearly all-white town and was educated in nearly all-white schools. Thinking himself to be open-minded and very liberal, his encounters with some black students at college and with some friendships formed thereafter, he began to uncover some hidden biases in his thoughts and actions. Once he began to open his mind to the possibility that he harbored racist sentiments, he dove into the journey of reeducating himself on the topic of race and race relations. He did this by reading numerous books and articles written by black authors, attending lectures and symposiums run by black scholars and dialoguing for hours on end with black friends and colleagues. He came to the realization that most whites have the same “blind spots” when it comes to understanding the dynamics of racism. He founded an organization called SOAR-Speak Out Against Racism, in an effort to educate whites and combat the racism found in the white community. He has written extensively about particular issues around race and has spoken at numerous events as well. He co-hosted a local television show dealing with racial issues between Blacks and whites.
He is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law. He has been practicing law for over 30 years while constantly trying to raise his consciousness and the consciousness of whites regarding race relations. He is interracially married and lives with his wife and daughter in New Haven, Connecticut.
Check out Bob Pellegrino's book I See Color, available now on Amazon!
Michael A. Jefferson
is a practicing attorney and a former radio talk show host. He is the founder of the Kiyama Movement - a movement dedicated to promoting self-improvement among African American males of all ages. He is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and presently serves as the District Representative for the organization’s New England Region. In 2015 he received his 4th selection as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in the State of Connecticut by the NAACP Connecticut State Conference.
He lives with his wife of twenty eight years - Pamela Augustine. The couple has two sons Michael II and Malcolm-Fidel.