Raising Black Boys: A Roundtable Event

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Location: The Northern Trust, 50 S. LaSalle, Chicago, IL, 60603

On February 18, 2016, The Cradle hosted a roundtable discussion designed to promote an honest and open dialogue about the realities of raising a Black boy in today’s world. This was our kick off event to the Our Children Initiative and was moderated by Derrick Young of CBS Channel 2 News.

We convened a panel of distinguished African American men to talk about the challenges they faced being Black men, and fathers, in today’s society. They shared openly and honestly the types of discussions that are taking place in their own homes, as well as the everyday fears they have about their sons’ safety and how they are raising them to become strong Black men.

Panelists were:

  • Kenard Gibbs, VP, Black Entertainment Television & CEO of Soul Train Holdings
    When it comes to race, you have to be real about it; you're doing a disservice if you're not willing to talk. #RaisingBlackBoys
  • Ronald Holt, Commander, Chicago Police Department, Special Activities Division
    "You cannot change a human being's heart but you can change behavior with policy." - Ronald Holt speaking on police reform #RaisingBlackBoys
  • Dana K. O’Banion, Attorney and Children's Book Author
    I focus on growing and raising the best people I can. #RaisingBlackBoys
  • Tim King, Founder, President and CEO, Urban Prep Academies
    We need to give young people shields & swords; intelligence along with self confidence to protect themselves. #RaisingBlackBoys
  • Jonathan Peck, Principal and Owner, Strategic Advice Services; Co-Founder of Concerned Black Men of Metropolitan Chicago
    It's irresponsible of us to not look at this issue systemically. We have to look at policies & systems. #RaisingBlackBoys

Moderator: Derrick Young, CBS 2 Morning News

What attendees had to say about this kick off event to the Our Children Initiative:

The men on the panel were sincere and "brought to light" issues that I appreciated learning about.

Thank you for stepping in to this conversation and helping to equip families with black children!

I am glad the speakers had the courage to speak about the realities of growing up black. I think it really opened my eyes to what my child might face in the future and what I can do to help them be confident and supportive.

Photos from our event