Thursday, July 31, 2008

Vernon Jordan is not the only black man who should be able to read...

Of course everybody should read and even better appreciate being educated. But clearly that's not the case, especially among our young black males. I've been so affected by the number of black young men not graduating from high school (check this piece on the 20% who graduate on time in Detroit) that I had to find some folks who are doing all they can and some to support and encourage our black boys to take their education seriously. Pass these on and on and on to anyone you know that may benefit from their missions. Please send me more to add to the list. A mind is truly a terrible thing to waste.

Shot above is from the filming of the MLK Jr. biopic The Boy King filmed in ATL circa 1985. My brother is on the end. I'll stop putting his past on blast after this post. I'll give it a rest, man. Love ya.

And I did have a good reason for not posting yesterday. The dog did not eat my adapter cord, but it nearly did burst into flames. It burnt out. But thanks to a heck of a friend who hooked me up with a new one in exchange for my copy of the graphic novel, Nat Turner (read it and you'll be angry, informed and amazed), I'm back on the grind. Power to the writers! JD

Resources for Educating Black Males

Center for African-American Male Research, Success and Leadership
The CAAMRSL's aim is to address the challenges faced by African-American males in post-secondary institutions by stimulating civic responsibility, developing brotherhood, promoting integrity as well as academic excellence.

Boys Who D.A.R.E
Boys Who D.A.R.E. reading program that offers the male child a full and equal literary opportunity, regardless of background, education and income of parents. A group of concerned parents, community leaders, local businesses and writers have partnered with boys who d.a.r.e. to provide monthly literary events. Each month, young boys are introduced to a new book by a different adult male role model.

100 Black Men
With a mission to improve the quality of life and enhance educational opportunities for African Americans, members of the 100 continue to serve as a strong force in the world by overcoming the cultural and financial obstacles that have limited the achievements of some African Americans, particularly young African American males. Members of the 100 have made outstanding progress, proving that Blacks can, and do, excel as corporate leaders, community leaders and as independent business owners.

Korey M. Dawson Scholarship
We offer financial support for youth offenders who plan to go to college and to vocational trade school.

African American Youth Leadership Program
Each year the Research and Policy Institute of California hosts the African American Youth Leadership Program. The annual conference invites high school juniors and seniors from throughout the state to participate in a week-long conference in Sacramento. During the week, participants are exposed to training in leadership and personal development and are shown the tools of success in education, business, and government.

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