Darius Simmons. Trayvon Martin. Jordan Davis. Tim Stansbury. Ramarley Graham.
What do these names have in common? They are young, African-American males that have lost their lives way too soon at the hands of others.
The news coverage of these stories and way too many others have inspired a call to action.
I am the mother of two sons.
That instills pride, joy and love.
I am the mother of two African-American sons.
I have to admit, at times that instills fear. Sadly, they are often judged and categorized prior to others even getting to know him.
My husband and I are raising two African-American sons in the South.
For some, that may not mean much. However, those familiar with the Southern way of living and thinking know that this is not the truth. When my then ten year old son was verbally attacked by a young boy half his age because of the color his skin – while his mother looked on and did not correct him or look embarrassed or ashamed. It was at that moment that I realized we had come so far but still had so far to go.
Voices For Our Sons: A Call-To-Action
With all they have going for them, our boys of color, also, have so much stacked against them – historically, socially, emotionally and economically. Their childhood should be a time of growth, nurturing, learning and carefree fun. They should not be concerned with the fear of others based solely on their looks. Sadly, that is not the case. However, rather than sitting and accepting it, we must take on the challenge as parents, mentors, caregivers and human beings.
We must be the Voices For Our Sons.
Voices For Our Sons: A Challenge
The first Wednesday of each month, myself and three fellow mothers will be collectively sharing our voices and our social media reach. We are all raising young boys and believe in the concept that it takes a village to raise a child. We will be sharing their successes, their opportunities for growth, their dreams, and their aspirations. While our experiences may differ, collectively we speak for our sons. I challenge you to join us and add your voice and your passion.
We encourage you to share and grow with us. If you are a fellow social media influencer, and have an article, post or livestream that speaks to this cause, I invite you to add your voice and use #VoicesForOurSons.
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