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Mother to Son

First published in 1922, it seems apropos for today…the regrettable conversations many mothers must have with sons about the police, debates about My Brother’s Keeper programming…

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landins,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

-Langston Hughes

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Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

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Launched the day after the two-year anniversary of the slaying of a hoodie-wearing teenager named Trayvon Martin.

I don’t care what anyone has to say about this program.  When I first read about it, it took my breath away…and still does…moved beyond words. I respect and admire our President for having the audacity of hope!

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Civil Rights, Family, History, Politics, Race, violence, Youth

 

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