Ground Control Parenting – Carol Sutton Lewis

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Good News: Twin Brothers Heading to MIT

Miles and Malik George, twin brothers who were co-valedictorians at their Woodbridge High School graduation last week, are both headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the fall. The George brothers, who got their last B’s in third grade, both set their sites on MIT as high school freshmen, and worked towards this […]

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How to Talk to Our Sons about Gender Equality

Although more and more of the recent GCP posts have been gender neutral, today’s post takes us back to our roots with a focus on our boys. So here’s a timely question: Are we doing all we can to raise our boys to respect girls and women, fight gender stereotypes, and understand the importance of […]

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Educational Inspiration from Eagle Academy

Last week GCP had the pleasure of attending Eagle Academy Foundation’s annual awards breakfast where they celebrate the boys of their Eagle Academy schools and honor people who inspire their boys. The Eagle Academy Foundation supports a network of six all male, grades 6-12 college preparatory schools in challenged urban communities in the five boroughs […]

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Watch Now: A Conversation with the President: Sports, Race and Achievement

On Tuesday October 11, at 10pm EST, ESPN will present “A Conversation with The President: Sports, Race and Achievement”. In conversation with students from North Carolina A&T State University, President Barack Obama will discuss a variety of issues including the “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative (which addresses opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color), […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Tragedy Strikes Again

Another horrific shooting on another college campus. 10 dead and 7 more injured. The shooter is among the dead, leaving a nation with never-to-be-answered questions as to why. President Obama grimly commented on this most recent tragedy with concern and frustration: “[A]s I said just a few months ago, and I said a few months […]

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Honoring Julian Bond

Civil rights and social justice activist Julian Bond, who died recently at the age of 75, had a lengthy career championing civil rights which included stints as President of the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNICC), Chairman of the Board of the N.A.A.C.P., 20 years in the Georgia State Legislature, and in later life, professorships […]

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When Bad Things Happen in Church: Calming Our Children’s Fears

One of the many horrific things about the Charleston massacre is that it happened in a house of worship. As has been widely reported, the shooter targeted a historic church and sat in a bible study class for an hour before opening fire. We have always thought of a church as a safe and peaceful […]

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Watch: A Conversation About Growing Up Black

Joe Brewster and Perri Peltz, the folks who brought you the powerful short documentary “A Conversation With My Black Son” (see our earlier GCP post about it here) are back with “A Conversation About Growing Up Black”, in which a group of young men discuss the impact of race and racism on their lives. These […]

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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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Take the Time to Watch: “A Conversation With My Black Son”

Parents of teenaged Black boys know about the conversation we are obligated to have with our sons as we send them out into a world in which they can be misjudged and endangered simply because they are teenaged Black boys. Because we need them to stay safe, we know we have to tell them what […]

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