By The Black Star Project
1) Know that you are a young Black man in America and that means you are different than other Americans. While you can still realize your dreams, you might have to take a different path. You will have to be more careful, more thoughtful and more aware than others to survive in America.
2) Value education, learning and reading. The more and better you can read for understanding, the freer and more powerful you will become.
3) Work hard. Many times, it is not what you know that makes you successful, but instead consistency, persistence, effort and dedication. Be sure to just “show up”.
4) Respect women and girls. They hold up half the sky in our communities. Together we can accomplish great things in our families and communities.
5) Believe in something higher than yourself. Whether its religious, spiritual or philosophical, connect with and explore the larger universe and eternity.
6) Emulate strong, positive, intelligent Black men. Use them as your mentors and role models.
7) Be a leader! Exhibit courage, wisdom, vision and good decision-making skills to help your community improve. You are a natural leader. Others will follow your positive and righteous actions.
8) Respect and work with other young Black men to accomplish great things for your community. Teams of young Black men can accomplish what individuals cannot.
9) Study your history and culture. You are not alone, ever.
10) Choose positive peers, associates and friends. Those relationships will help determine your path in life.
As the Executive Director of The Black Star Project, Phillip Jackson has become a national leader advocating for community involvement in education and the importance of parental development to ensure that children are properly educated. The Black Star Project has served close to 100,000 students in over 175 schools since 1996 in its Student Motivation Program and between 3,000 to 4,000 parents in its parent outreach programs since 2004. This year, Phillip Jackson and The Black Star Project lead the nation back to school with the hugely successful Million Father March 2005. This second annual back-to-school march encouraged men to take children to school on the first day, marking a commitment to a year of positive male involvement in education. Marches took place at schools in 82 cities around the country and even in Auckland, New Zealand.