Ages 13-15

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What To America Is The Fourth of July?

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a keynote address at an Independence Day celebration and asked, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?".  He acknowledged the Founding Father's ideals of freedom, but lamented that these ideals were painfully hypocritical in light of the existence of slavery in the U.S. Five young descendants of Douglass recently gathered [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Let America Be America Again

  We are a few days away from Independence Day 2020. As in prior years today's Thoughtful Thursday celebrates Independence Day with two poems from one of America's most beloved and well-known poets, Langston Hughes (1902-1967).  These poems are even more powerful in light of recent events. Share and discuss with your children. Enjoy, and enjoy the 4th!   I, Too, [...]

Watch “Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special” With Your Children –TONIGHT on Nickelodeon!

Nick News is back with a special hour-long presentation–Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special, premiering TONIGHT,  June 29, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).  Hosted by global superstar Alicia Keys, the program will feature the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement answering children's questions, offer tools for families to have constructive conversations about race and inclusivity, and highlight [...]

How to Help Your White Friends Raise an Anti-Racist Kid

These days, have you been hearing from your well-meaning white friends who want to know how they and their children can, to quote Mrs. Trump,  "be better"?  Here is a great quick read from the NYT, "How to Raise an Anti-Racist Kid", which lays out a few very useful bullet points, including: "not racist" implies neutrality; "anti-racist" recognizes that [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: New Voices

In today's Thoughtful Thursday we focus on two young African American poets: Angelo Geter (left photo) and Joshua Bennett (right photo). Angelo Geter is a poet and performance artist also known as "EyeAmBic." A National Poetry Slam champion, Geter is releasing his debut poetry collection in late 2020. He is the Poet Laureate of Rock Hill, SC,  and an Academy [...]

The Latest GCP Podcast Episode is LIVE!

  Crystal McCrary McGuire   The new episode of the Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis podcast is LIVE!!  Filmmaker and author Crystal McCrary McGuire, mom of three whose son Cole Anthony is a 2020 top NBA draft prospect, is this week’s guest.  Crystal shares how she helps all of her children pursue their passions, the keys to making [...]

THE NEXT GCP PODCAST EPISODE DROPS TOMORROW!!!

Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis is up and running!  Filmmaker and author Crystal McCrary McGuire, mom of three whose son Cole Anthony is a 2020 top NBA draft prospect, is this week's guest.  Crystal shares how she helps all of her children pursue their passions, the keys to making a blended family run smoothly, and much more.  You can find it [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: What Shall We Tell Our Children?

Today's Thoughtful Thursday presents the poem "What Shall I Tell My Children Who are Black (Reflections of an African American Mother)" by artist, poet, author, and educator Margaret Burroughs (1915-2010).  It was written in 1968,  but could well have been written this week.  In it Burroughs addresses the issue of how to raise black boys up to be confident [...]

Anti-Racism Resources

              Have you or your children been getting a lot of requests from your white friends for resources about Black history and the struggle for racial justice these days?  It is exhausting, trying to deal with your own and your family's reactions to everything going on AND having your well meaning but less [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Trying to Breathe

Whenever some racially based fresh hell befalls a Black person we at GCP, along with so many others, are compelled to cry out.  Sometimes we write about how to talk to our children about the latest horror, trying to walk that fine line between telling them the way of the world to help build their armor and scaring them [...]