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Good News from D.C., for a Change: Ron Brown College Prep School

Not much good news has been coming out of D.C. lately, but today’s inspiring story comes from Northeast D.C., where 36 year old Benjamin “Doc” Williams runs the all male Ron Brown College Preparatory High School. The only public single sex high school in D.C. opened its doors in September 2016 with 100 ninth graders […]

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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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Tell Your Sons About Myron Rolle: NFL Player Turned Neurosurgeon

When Myron Rolle was 17 and a promising football player from New Jersey, he told the coaches at Florida State University during his official recruiting visit that he wanted to be an NFL player, a Rhodes Scholar and a neurosurgeon. Thirteen years later, he is checking the box on the last of these goals. Rolle […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Keeping it Real with Ross Gay

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday is a solo show by the poet Ross Gay. Gay is the author of three poetry collections, most recently “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Woman’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, today’s Thoughtful Thursday features poems by well known African-American women poets: “won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton, “Legacies” by Nikki Giovanni, and “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou. The following biographies, courtesy of, gives you some insight into their brilliance. A prolific and widely respected poet, Lucille […]

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Tell Your Sons About Women’s History Month

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. March is National Women’s History Month, so these achievements can and should receive a month-long celebration. As with Black History Month, we really shouldn’t limit the celebration of such achievement to just 31 of 365 days each […]

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Summer Jobs– Deadlines Approaching!

Is your high schooler or college student thinking about what he will be doing this summer? He needs to be!  The hunt for high school and college summer jobs is in full swing, with deadlines for many opportunities coming up very soon.  (Note for next year: the best time to start looking around is in […]

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Oscar Snafus and “Presidential” Tweets: Teaching Our Sons the Power of Integrity and Grace

Some Life Lessons from the Oscars last night for us to pass on to our sons (and daughters): The importance of telling our stories: Tarrell Alvin McCraney, who along with Barry Jenkins won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Moonlight”, dedicated their Oscar to “all those black and brown boys and girls and non–gender […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Black History Month

Thoughtful Thursdays are back! For those new to GCP, Thoughtful Thursdays feature poetry, quotes, and other literary delights for you to enjoy and share with your sons. The first Thoughtful Thursday of Black History Month 2017 features a classic poem by Langston Hughes, “I Too, Sing America”. In this poem Hughes reminds us that Americans […]

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Tell Your Sons: Thanks, President Obama

Yesterday we said our last goodbyes to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. We watched them get on that helicopter with our hearts full of gratitude and pride. Today we watch women across the globe march for equal rights and against the new administration. There is a lot to process, a lot to get […]

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