A Framework for Black Masculine Caring
Edited By Lisa Bass
Postscript: A Reflective Essay on B(eing)-FREE: Lesson Learned from Gramp toward Transforming Mass Media Problems into Sustainable Solutions for Black Urban Youth
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Postscript A Reflective Essay ONB(eing)-FREE
Lesson Learned from Gramp toward Transforming Mass Media Problems into Sustainable Solutions for Black Urban Youth
THE PLANTING OF THE “SEED”
Understanding the culture that leads to our growth and development as individuals begins with the positive forces in our lives. Those people who supported us without concern for themselves have been our greatest benefactors, their sacrifices a testament to their efforts to blaze a trail of love, happiness, and success for us. My grandfather, George Freeland, was my first teacher and greatest supporter. He was a man who wanted me to succeed above and beyond his own life circumstances. “Gramp,” as I affectionately called him, taught me how to examine life with an eye toward sustainability, although he never actually expressed it in those terms. However, it was implicit in his four teachings, as he encouraged me to value those things that sustain one’s life and culture, and instilled in me the following beliefs:
1.Education is a valuable tool.
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