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This deep dialogue explores a life-affirmative story of hope and respect for men of color at a time when Black men are routinely stigmatized. Will Jawando’s vivid and moving story not only applies to black men but is a reminder for all our children, most especially those at risk, how even a brief encounter of positive mentoring can make all the difference in their lives. As a man born of a Nigerian father and a white mother, his story is a clarion call to families and communities to provide crucial support to young people and Jawando is our guide for the essential gift of mentorship and how staggeringly transformative it can be for an entire community. He talks about his first mentor, Kalfani, who only a few years older than Jawando was his protector and first basketball teacher. Jawando makes this powerful point regarding his childhood friend, who died young in a drug deal gone wrong, “I believe that if he had the access to these mentors, these father figures like I did, and had had personal relationships, a place to go, an after school program, all the things that could have exposed him to these people, he might still be with us today.” As you listen to this conversation allow your mind to remember the people who mentored you along the way and be inspired to pay it forward. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Will Jawando is an attorney, an activist, a community leader, and a councilmember in Montgomery County Maryland, a diverse community of more than 1 million residents. Called “the progressive leader we need” by the late Congressman John Lewis, Jawando has worked with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Sherrod Brown, and Pres. Barack Obama.
Will Jawando is the author of:
To learn more about the work of go to www.willjawando.com
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 7/8/2022 Program Number: 3764
From Album: Ladysmith Black Mambazo & FriendsArtist: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Opening Essay: Track 01 HomelessMusic Break 1: Track 09 River Of DreamsMusic Break 2: Track 10 Mbude (with Taj Mahal)Music Break 3: Track 15 Mamizolo
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