October 2, 2012 Leave a comment
BY NICK CHILES
The plight of young black boys has always been of special interest to me. Having raised one black boy into manhood and written numerous articles about the topic over the years, not to mention several books that spend substantial time delving into the issues that affect young boys—such as “Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge,” which I wrote with NBA veteran Etan Thomas and which came out this past June—I have been paying close attention to any efforts to study black boys and also to direct resources at their problems.
That’s why I’m so giddy about the work my good friend Shawn Dove has been doing at the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, an initiative started in 2008 by billionaire George Soros and the Open Society Institute to funnel crucial resources to programs around the country that are toiling on behalf of black boys. This is a huge week for Shawn and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement because they are intimately involved with two vital—and hopeful!—reports on black boys that have just been released. Read more of this post