When Confusion Reigned and Hatred Ruled
This month marks the tragic anniversary of what is considered the worst race riot in U.S. history. On May 30, 1921, the Greenwood section of Tulsa, OK—home to a community of Black strivers—stood tall. On June 1, two days later, hundreds of Black men, women, and children had been massacred as White marauders—backed by local government—took to the streets. Hannibal Johnson, author and attorney, tells the story of "Black Wall Street" and a community's rise "Up From the Ashes."
Join us for this Father's Day tribute. with my guest, MaryAnne Howland, author of the book, “WARRIOR RISING: How Four Men Helped a Boy on His Journey to Manhood.”
At a time when one-in-three Americans (more than two-in-three African Americans) are raised without a father, Howland wanted more for her son than a statistic. She wanted him to benefit from men who would relate to him in ways that she, as a woman, could not. For his transition from boyhood to manhood, she invites four men to mentor him. For his thirteenth birthday celebration, she creates a rite-of-passage she calls a “Black Mitzvah.” Now, years later, her son has grown to be a thoughtful, mature young man; his mentors have become his “collective dad”; their story has become a book; and the book is becoming a movement!
You don't have to be a father to be a dad. And you don't have to be a boy or Black to need (and appreciate) a Black Mitzvah.
Stay safe. Be well.
Happy Juneteenth and Happy Father's Day! Janus
Emmy Award-winning journalist, author, historian, keynote speaker, Dr. Janus Adams is publisher of BackPaxKids.com and host of public radio’s
“The Janus Adams Show” and podcast.