Category: Parents

The Times They Are A-Changin

Youth have a voice! It’s evident everywhere you go! They are speaking out! Raising fists and flags and signs, shouting “Give Us” whatever it is we need! When I was a youth (at risk of sounding old), children were seen and not heard. I recall my seventh grade teacher Mr. Barnicowski had a huge paddle over his classroom door. Engraved…

There’s Nothing Typical About Black Boys Behavior!

America’s got blood on its hands when it chooses to not address trauma in its misguided youth. . I recall doing a pop-up visit at my son’s school some years ago. Walking up the corridor I could hear what I thought was the gym and a group of children very loud and running around. It was my son’s 6th grade…

Dear Black Girls, Inspires Girls Of Color To Take Action

Last Month I posted this poem about how Black Girls Already Have Everything They Need Inside.  This month a group of beautiful black girls have been inspired by it to launch Journals4Justice. I am so honored to have inspired them. I’d also like to add that this is proof of just how needed our stories are. In shining we give…

Parents As Partners

By Monica Lewis, Parent A parent is a child’s first teacher.  It is through a parent’s teaching that children first learn to speak and say “Mama” and “Dada.”  It is through a parent’s teaching that children learn that the word “Stop” means a sudden halt in their tracks because they are doing something displeasing.  Eventually children move beyond infancy and…

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