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Positive Black Boy News

Posted by Thomas on January 12, 2011

Despite being reported on in 2010, this article fills me with great hope. Especially now that my son has turned 18. This is his last year of high school (I’m so proud of him I want to shout from the tallest skyscraper!!). He has decided to enter the U.S. Coast Guard after graduation. I’m proud of my son and hopeful for all our sons as we impact their lives for good and they forge a better world for all of us hereafter.

This is black boy news WORTH sharing. I received an email from my sister–she’s a U.S. Air Force veteran and one of the brightest minds I know–sharing this extremely positive news. We are inundated with terribly sad, hopeless, and negative news media about black boys in our neighborhoods and across the country regularly. Take a moment to read this ABC article about Urban Prep Charter Academy in Chicago. Urban Prep celebrates 100% of their graduating class accepted to major 4-year universities. The charter program opened its doors in 2006.

Praise God! Hope still reigns.

Some do the hard work it takes to positively impact the lives of our youth. Two big thumbs up and a virtual high-five to the staff at Urban Prep for living in the trenches and getting it done and to their senior class for seeing the importance of education.

What are you doing in your world to make a difference in boys’ lives? It only takes one person to change the world…why not you?

Urban Prep staff named Person of the Week on ABC.



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The Plight of Young Black Males

Posted by Thomas on February 17, 2010

A dear friend forwarded this article to me (thanks Gerry). Walter Dean Myers, a long time children’s literature author pens his concerns facing our young men. Mr. Myers based his article on his personal accounts.

After reading the article—which states many things all of us already know—I wondered “Where does it stop and where does it begin?” Is the plight of African American youth, especially boys, a system issue; a governmental issue; a communal issue; a church issue…?

Or rather, is all the throwing around of facts and figures and study results reflect a-lack-of-individual-responsibility-issue. As much as my heart bleeds for our young people, I also ask earnestly “What about individual accountability?” When do we say to our boys and girls “Wake up! This is not about your mother or your father; this isn’t about where you were born or what school you attended; this is about what you choose to do with the life God has entrusted you with.”

Before getting home and reading the Myers’ article I listened to a portion of the Michael Baisden show. He is promoting the One Million Mentors: National Campaign to Save Our Kids. As I travelled home in rush-hour traffic, Michael’s program caused me to think about parents that shun their God-given job of raising their children. Once we become parents our life is no longer our own—and yet, often time, we blame young people for missing the mark.

What do you think? Is the plight of our youth their fault or ours? Chime in on this topic, would love to hear your thoughts.


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