"My Brother’s Keeper will disappear as soon as President Obama leaves office. So in three years we will be back in the same place, maybe with a little money spent for some programs, but with no agenda."
Then the question came up, "What about our girls...our black and brown girls?" Uh-oh...That question made me think, "Yes, what about our girls?" I am well aware of the great need from my work with focused ladies of Worth, Excellence, Resilience and Strength! ~floWERS! and I read the letters written and signed by the 200 black men as well as the most recent letter signed by 1,000 women and girls.
I never endorsed either letter, but I am here for this:
Originally shared on TheRoot, Dillard University’s president, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, talks about what should be done to focus on both black boys and girls without waiting for the President’s initiative in "My Brother’s Keeper: Stop Writing Letters, Just Do the Work." Dr. Kimbrough discusses what we should do to be more of a solution than further voicing the problems. He highlights what he's done, the results and what he envisions in his community. He further raises a concern about the length of time it took for both groups to respond to the initiative and whether the concern would have been addressed if not for the President's announcement of 'My Brother's Keeper.'
"There wasn’t even a sense of urgency to ask for inclusion. This letter comes almost four months after My Brother’s Keeper was announced, and weeks after 200 men wrote to support inclusion of women and girls. In all of our communities we can make a difference. As a member of the African-American advisory board for Big Brothers and Big Sisters I hear about the long waiting lists filled with children of color, and how the organization struggles to get us to do something about it. While we have been waiting, these children have been waiting—on us. Let’s not write any more open letters, op-eds or tweets. Instead, write grants for studies on black girls and women, or to support existing programs like Black Girls Rock or Black Girls Code. Write black mayors, whom we never challenge on anything, and ask them to fund specific initiatives. Write plans for community action. We need to develop an agenda and act on it. We can do this! Stop waiting and start working."
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