"Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor--bare.
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes going in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps
'Cause you finds it kinder hard.
Don't you fall now --
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair."
-- Langston Hughes
"Mother To Son"

Family Talk

Afua:
Friday, Day Twelve
Black Youth

African American Children's Council

Black Community Crusade for Children

Children's Defense Fund

Childwatch International

National Black Child Development Institute

National Center for Children in Poverty

One In a Million: A Student at Million Man March

Simba Program for Black Male Youth

Stanley "Tookie" Williams' Corner, Co-Founder of LA Crips

UNICEF

Street Soldiers/Omega Boys Club

Heal the World Foundation/Charities

Afro Ideas

Positive Self-Images for the Black Child

Ebony Social Club - Black Teenaged Sisters

Drive-By Agony

"Act Against Violence": Model Initiatives to Overcome Youth Violence

"Save the Children" - The Nidra King Center of Minneapolis

Miseducation in America: The Story of Desegregation

Are Schools Failing Black Boys?

Black Media Foundation - Harlem Youth Newspaper Online

Stamp on Black History - African Americans Honored by USPO

The Augusta Baker Collection of African American Children's Literature & Folklore

Stand for Children

Follow the Monkey