Detroit native and University of Michigan graduate David Alan Grier shared a moment with an old childhood friend after his book reading Sunday afternoon at the Ann Arbor District Library. Grier said he and his friend were "blerds" growing up in Detroit, a.k.a. "black nerds." He recalled a time they tried joining the Black Panthers at age 15 but were turned away because they didn't exactly fit the profile. Grier's new book, "Barack Like Me," touches on politics, culture and race as it relates to his own life.