Joe Barry Carroll

Carly Rosenberger / WBAA News

Joe Barry Carroll’s appreciation for art isn’t anything new—he began accumulating a collection of artworks after receiving his first NBA check in 1980. In an effort to understand an artist’s process, he picked up a paintbrush himself a little more than five years ago, and he’s been hooked ever since.  

This week's feature highlights stories of Black Americans and beautiful African artwork from The Zamora Collection. Pieced together in full color side-by-side, the words and pictures gracefully depict the culture, experiences, and emotions of those Americans with African roots. Author Joe Barry Carroll will be visiting the West Lafayette Public Library on Sunday, September 24. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

Joe Barry Carroll is a Purdue alumnus and former NBA All Star who reinvented himself as a wealth advisor, philanthropist, author, and painter. He appears this weekend at the West Lafayette Public Library, Sunday at 1pm for a reading and signing of Black American Voices, and a Children's art and writing workshop at 3pm. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Carroll about the event and his books.