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Thoughtful Thursday: More Protest Poetry

Hard to believe we need protest poetry again this year, and we are only four months in. Today’s Thoughtful Thursday salutes Haki Madhubuti, poet and member of the Black Arts Movement. Madhubuti’s work with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) informs his […]

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Words of Wisdom: Bryan Stevenson on Police and Black Men

Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama in 1989 and has spent years defending innocent people condemned to death. His highly acclaimed and award-winning book, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” tells the stories of his clients and their pursuit of justice. In a recent interview with The Charlotte Observer, […]

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The Brilliance of Barbershop Books

NYC educator Alvin Irby is the founder of Barbershop Books, a New York City–based project that puts child friendly reading nooks and a variety of fun and engaging books into neighborhood barbershops, so young Black boys are encouraged to read while they wait for a haircut. With Barbershop Books Irby seeks to connect Black men […]

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Tell Your Sons About Zach Hodges, Harvard Scholar/Athlete

Here is a great story to talk with your sons about: Zach Hodges, an African-American senior at Harvard University, is one of the top small college draft picks for the upcoming NFL draft. While NFL pundits don’t believe he will go early in the draft, they think he has a good chance of getting picked […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Poems for Jacob Lawrence

Ten African-American poets contributed to the Migration Series Poetry Suite created in celebration of the Jacob Lawrence exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The works of a few of them are below. Enjoy. Thataway And the migrants kept coming —Jacob Lawrence Was walking. Was walking & then waiting for a […]

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Take Your Sons to See One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series at MOMA

If you live in or anywhere near New York City, or are planning a visit to NYC over the summer, make sure to take your sons and daughters to “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North” at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). It is a wonderful exhibition […]

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Check out ” 10 Great Role Models for Boys”

Common Sense Media, the organization that helps parents navigate the treacherous waters of modern day media and technology, has posted the thoughtful piece “10 Great Role Models for Boys” on its website which you can find here. Included in their list of media role models is Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist extrodinaire on “Cosmos: A Spacetime […]

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Still Two Americas: Cartoonist Ben Sergeant Nails It

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Take A Deep Breath

GCP had breakfast today with a longtime friend who offered a bit of valuable parenting insight which we want to pass along. She is the mother of three children and runs a non profit organization dedicated to educating economically disadvantaged children. We were trading stories about our (college aged) sons at breakfast, and shaking our […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Justice Poems

This week the world watched the video of Walter Scott being shot and killed by the South Carolina police officer who has since been charged with murder and fired from the force. This week our Thoughtful Thursday offering is focused on justice. L. Chris Stewart, the lawyer the Scott family hired once they learned of […]

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