(and daughters, but that’s for another article), we need all hands on deck, not just the hard work of a selected few. If you are reading this, you likely have something that you can contribute to young brothers that will help create more success stories. Next time you read a headline about the failure of Black boys or men, ask yourself what can we do to build on the strengths we have to produce more successful boys and men? As the African proverb teaches us, “it takes a village to raise a child.” That's more than a notion, people. That's our responsibility.
Dr. R. L'Heureux Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Black Studies at the City College of New York - CUNY. His work concentrates on race, education and gender. You can follow him on twitter at @dumilewis or on the web at www.professorlewis.com