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Thoughtful Thursday: Current Voices

Today's Thoughtful Thursday showcases more current voices in poetry, courtesy of poets.org's  focus on featuring Black poets in its poem-a-day offering throughout the summer.  If there were ever a time to subscribe to poem-a-day, it would be now, so that you can have Black poetry pop into your inbox on a daily basis for the next few months.  What [...]

TOMORROW on GCP with CSL Podcast: Anne Williams-Isom

This week on Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis: Anne Williams-Isom,  Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare Studies at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service and former CEO of  The Harlem Children's Zone.  Anne is a passionate child and family advocate who shares her extensive professional expertise and her remarkably good common sense in this great parenting conversation. [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Let’s Focus on African American History Beyond Juneteenth

Did you celebrate Juneteenth with your family this year?  My father's family is from Texas, so I grew up hearing about Juneteenth celebrations from Texas relatives, but my family didn't celebrate it in NYC.  Fast forward to yesterday–Juneteenth celebrations were everywhere!  Some companies gave their employees the day off, social media exploded with Juneteenth graphics, memes and hashtags, and [...]

It’s Here! Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis Premieres TODAY!!!

HUGE NEWS!!!!  Our new podcast,  Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis, has launched! In this weekly series, I’m talking about the joy and the job of raising Black children with fascinating folks who have valuable parenting experience, perspectives and advice to share. I’ve been writing about parenting Black boys and girls in this blog for so many years; [...]

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 [...]

Remind Your Children: Black is Beautiful

Are you old enough to remember the 1960's rallying cry of "Black is Beautiful"?  A recent conversation with a young Black mom lets me know it is time to bring it back.  This mom is looking for uplifting reading material for her 8 year old daughter, whose class has been discussing George Floyd's death and how poorly Black Americans [...]