DeVaughn Ward and Pastor AJ Johnson know these stereotypes all too well, he told A Plus, so they planned an event that puts those notions to shame — just in time for the first day of school. After seeing a group of men in Georgia greet kids on their first day, Ward and Johnson knew they had to bring the idea to their hometown of Hartford, Conn.
“The way the media portrays us is that we’re thugs. We don’t know how to dress, we don’t have anything. If you leave it up to Fox [News], we’d just be viewed as nothing,” … “For this image to get out of well-dressed men coming together, its what the country needs at the moment.”
Johnson’s not the only one to realize it either. After the event last week, he says a group of the men went to another school that same day to greet the kids afterwards. He sees a real momentum and plans on going a step further.
“I would like to organize these 100 men for real power in our community,” he said. “It started with us coming together under the umbrella of the children, but it’s my intent to bring power back to a powerless neighborhood through these men.”
With a graduation rate of just a 47 percent graduation rate for black men and less than 1 percent of fortune 500 companies led by black CEOs, it’s a change that’s long overdue, the article says.
FURTHER READING: Walking Proud: Black Men Living Beyond the Stereotypes:
Many psychologists recommend that if one is truly attempting to heal deep wounds of emotional frustration, exhaustion and depletion the mind has to change focus. At the root of that catalytic change must be an ability to properly access what went wrong and a commitment to truly be honest and call a spade a spade. In his latest literary offering, Walking Proud: Black men living beyond the stereotypes, medical doctor George Edmond Smith performs a much needed truth-telling session about black male sexuality in an effort to heal old cultural wounds that are infecting the black family. Dr. Smith takes a fresh and frank comprehensive approach to explore the attitudes and issues associated with black male sexuality.
Smith identifies the impact stereotypes and cultural influences have had in blocking many black men and women from having fruitful relationships and happy home lives. The 12 chapter-256 page book discusses how Black men view themselves as family members and romantic partners. Walking proud delivers powerful advice on how societal stereotypes sabotage relationships, how to change hurtful behavior as Dr. Smith examines what anger and abuse mean in sexual relationships. Practical tools on how to develop intimate communication skills, in addition to how to deal with sexual problems like impotence and other sexual dysfunction are also discussed.
Not one to talk about black men in a vacuum, Dr. Smith incorporates female insight into Walking Proud to reveal what black women expect from black men and what black men need from their women and even touches on the controversial subject of homosexuality … With a forward by Essence columnist and psychologist Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant, Walking Proud attempts to preserve a paternal model needed in the black community and seeks to make it a norm rather than an exception.