Darnell Moore, author of CC’s 2020-21 Common Read “No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America,” spoke at the Block 2 First Mondays event in the Kathryn Mohrman Theatre. He and Heidi Lewis, director and associate professor of feminist and gender studies, discussed a wide range of subjects, including Moore’s 2019 Lambda Literary Award-winning memoir, which explores his experiences growing up in poverty in New Jersey and his struggles with personal identity. Moore is director of inclusion for content and marketing at Netflix, a writer-in-residence at the Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice at Columbia University, and a 2019 Senior Fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California.