Racial stereotyping is harmful to everyone, especially our children.
That’s why 100 black men dressed in suits lined the sidewalks last week whooping and hollering as inner-city kids boarded the bus to start another school year.
Martin Luther King Elementary School children in Hartford, Connecticut were high-fived and cheered by doctors, lawyers, police officers, surgeons, and small business owners who gathered together to reinforce positive role model images of black professionals.
The men who organized the event, DeVaughn Ward and Pastor Al Johnson created a Facebook page titled “Calling All Brothers” where black men could tag their friends asking them to come. The page gathered momentum until there were 100 sharp-looking men ready to cheer urban children on their way to learn.
“In an urban community, people say that black men [aren’t] valued or there aren’t enough black men doing something,” Johnson told A Plus in a phone interview. “I wanted to prove everyone wrong.”
The event has already been flooding social media and news outlets, with an opportunity to change people’s perspectives for the better.
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