Educating Black Boys Means Believing in Them

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In "a society dominated by forces bent on breaking" black boys "instead of nurturing them," it's important for families to show that they believe in their children, especially when it comes to education, Tonyaa Weathersbee writes at BlackAmericaWeb.

Raising black boys to be successful in a society dominated by forces that are bent on breaking them instead of nurturing them can be tough.

And not just for those black boys born to poor single mothers.

Filmmakers Michele Stephenson and her husband, Joe Brewster — two successful, Ivy League-educated parents — documented their own struggle in ensuring the academic success of their son, Idris, through Manhattan’s prestigious Dalton School in their documentary film, “American Promise.”

The film, which will be shown on PBS in its entirety in the fall, was produced as part of its POV, or Point Of View, division which specializes in showcasing small, independent, non-fiction films about the American experience.

In “American Promise,” which was previewed recently at the National Association of Black Journalists’ Convention in Orlando, Stephenson and Brewster follow their son, Idris, and another black male student, Seun, from their sixth grade year in Dalton through their high school graduation. Idris graduated from Dalton but Seun withdrew from the school and enrolled at the mostly-black, Benjamin Banneker High School in Brooklyn.

Both are in college now.

Read Tonyaa Weathersbee's entire piece at BlackAmericaWeb.

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