- Deep Dish Conversations
This book is a curated collection of the most striking interviews from the first few seasons of the series, with a foreword by Dr. Sekou Franklin, an introduction by Moore, and contextual introductions to each interviewee. Figures like Judge Sheila Calloway, comedian Josh Black, anti-racism speaker Tim Wise, organizer Jorge Salles Diaz, and many more explore their wide-ranging perspectives on social change in a city in the midst of massive demographic and ideological shifts.
For anyone in any twenty-first-century city, Deep Dish Conversations offers a lot to think about—and a lot of ways to think about it.
Part I: We the North
1. Jamel Campbell-Gooch
2. Joshua Black
Part II: Life in Prison
3. Theeda Murphy
4. Calvin "Fridge" Bryant
5. Rahim Buford
Part III: The Elected
6. Christiane Buggs
7. Judge Sheila Calloway
8. Dawn Deaner
Part IV: White People
9. Tim Wise
10. Will Acuff
Part V: Protection or Harm
11. Jorge Salles Diaz
12. Captain Carlos Lara
13. Safer Schools Nashville
Jerome Moore was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, which motivated him to explore and build community in Costa Rica, China, and the Philippines. He is now a community organizer, creator and host of Deep Dish Conversations, producer and host at Nashville Public Television, and pizza connoisseur.
"If you love Nashville—and can dream of a better Nashville—read this book. Sit with it. Allow the conversations in it to feed your own. And permit it to open your thinking about where you live and how you can improve it for everyone."
—Benjamin Houston, author of The Nashville Way: Racial Etiquette and the Struggle for Social Justice in a Southern City
"In a world flooded with bloggers and podcasters, Moore easily rises to the top. Jerome's ability to cut to the core of difficult conversations in a manner that invites differing perspectives—without alienation or dehumanization—is rare and desperately needed. At this moment in time when despair feels contagious, Moore offers hope. I certainly feel it."
—Molly Secours, author of White Privilege Pop Quiz: Reflecting on Whiteness
"Moore's skill as an interviewer shines as he weaves thirteen conversations to provide insight into what motivates community leaders to confront the issues that face Music City and to humanize the people and communities they represent. This book will be sought after to understand life in Nashville and what drives its people to fight to make the city a better and more welcoming place for all residents."
—Learotha Williams Jr., coeditor of I'll Take You There: Exploring Nashville's Social Justice Sites
I started Deep Dish Conversations to explore perspectives of social change through conversations with leaders and members of the Nashville community.
I have had the opportunity to build community power with respected community-based organizations throughout Nashville, Tennessee, and in international settings like Paraguay, Costa Rica, China, and the Philippines. This unique journey helped me understand the value and importance of engaging with people outside of my own community bubble. Once we do that, we not only open ourselves to learn about other communities, but we also garner new perspective on how and why we are all variously affected by the critical issues that appear in every community.
As a native of Nashville, I didn’t grow up knowing much about other communities in my city. I needed to keep exploring with intention and to cultivate cultural awareness and acceptance that would help break down barriers. I needed to interact meaningfully with people of different backgrounds, ideas, and lived experiences, and I needed a brave space to do that. Deep Dish Conversations created an intentional, civil, brave space for our community to engage and learn through brave conversations about difficult issues and about what actions we might take to build a more just and equitable Nashville.