Our Black Sons Matter

Our Black Sons Matter is a powerful collection of original essays, letters, and poems that addresses both the deep joys and the very real challenges of raising black boys today. From Trayvon Martin to Tamir Rice, the list of young black men who have suffered racial violence continues to grow. Young black people also deal with profound stereotypes and structural barriers. And yet, young black men are often paradoxically revered as icons of cultural cool. Our Black Sons Matter features contributions from women across the racial spectrum who are raising or have raised black sons—whether biologically their sons or not. The book courageously addresses painful trauma, challenges assumptions, and offers insights and hope through the deep bonds between mothers and their children. Both a collective testimony and a collective love letter, Our Black Sons Matter sends the message that black lives matter and speaks with the universal love of all mothers who fear for the lives of their children.

Our Black Sons Matter


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Constant Sky: Sonia Sanchez’s Haiku

Read “’Constant Sky’: Sonia Sanchez’s Haiku” by Becky Thompson, a chapter in Sonia Sanchez’s Poetic Spirit through Haiku, John Zheng, ed. New York: Rowman and Littlefield-Lexington Books, 2017.

Sonia Sanchez book