"Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
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"
African American Children's Council
Black Community Crusade for Children
Children's Defense Fund
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
Street Soldiers/Omega Boys Club
Heal the World Foundation/Charities
Positive Self-Images for the Black Child
Ebony Social Club - Black Teenaged Sisters
"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