Raising Black Boys: Exploring the Journey from Boys to Men
According to Jawanza Kunjufu, author of the bestselling Raising Black Boys and a father of two sons, "The spirits of too many of our boys have been broken. During the preschool and kindergarten years, our boys are energetic and curious. They love learning and ask thousands of questions. There's a glow in their eyes. By the time they reach high school, however, that glow has been replaced with suspicion and anger."
The statistics paint a disturbing picture of life for Black boys:
The top three influences on African American boys today are peer pressure, rap music, and television. However, Kunjufu believes that the greatest problems facing Black boys are a lack of spirituality and fatherlessness.
"If you look at all the woes in our society-drug addiction, teen pregnancy, illiteracy, grade retention, incarceration-the common thread running through them all is the absence of the father in a child's life," says Kunjufu.
The 9 Types of Fathers Explained in Raising Black Boys
Using research and examples from his own life and the lives of prominent African American men such as neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Kunjufu goes beyond the gloom and doom reports that haunt the Black community and provides sound strategies and a ray of hope for parents, teachers, ministers, and mentors who are struggling to raise Black boys against tremendous odds.
"Educating the African American and Hispanic Male Child National Conference", May 3-4, 2011, Chicago, Illinois.
About Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu
National bestselling author of more than 30 books and consultant to most urban school districts, Dr. Kunjufu has been a guest twice on Oprah and a frequent guest on the Michael Baisden and Rev. Al Sharpton radio programs.
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