Raising Up Our Young Black Men
It wasn't until college that I felt a strong sense of pride in who I am as a black man. I touched on it a little bit way way way back in 2014, but growing up I felt like I didn't fit the standard of what I thought it was to be a successful black man. It seemed to me like the only way you could be black, male, and successful is if you were an athlete or a rapper.
I'm not athletic at all (I like sports but... this hand-eye coordination thing isn't my strong suit) and my rap skills well... yeah. I'm not that guy. So for the longest time I felt like my answer wasn't good enough whenever someone asked me, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" It didn't help that every other depiction of us in the media was with such negativity.
I'm so thankful to have an amazing father who worked hard, who was always there for me, and who set a positive example for me. He taught me to be myself, to define my own standards of success, and that it's alright to have different views. He taught me patience, kindness, and how to be a man.
Growing up, I wish I saw more images of successful black men living their dreams. I think it's so important to see a wide variety of positive male figures to teach our youth that there isn't a one-fit formula to achieve success. That's why I love the Black Boyz Rock Too Men Empowerment Conference here in Greenville, NC because it encourages young men to exhibit change. It's so important that we raise up our boys to be themselves and live out what they're designed for, success!
Unity strengthens our community and this youth conference is so amazing because it does that and so much more! If you're in the area or want to attend, visit their site and register!
Get Your Black Boyz Rock Too Tee
Black Boyz Rock Too Tee // BlackBoyzRockToo.org