MOTHER AND FATHER
Hold on to who you are
And protect who you are
Do not sink beneath your own standards
Do not let anyone set a standard for you that is not your own.
ON OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO YOUNG BLACK MEN
Barbara Rogers: Does it break your heart to see what is happening to so many young black men in our society?
Lumbly's Answer (at minute 5:30 in video)
And it feels like despite the fact
that there have been advancements...not only in society also...
in a generation of young black men
there's a dearth of hope,
there's a disconnect somehow
and I feel responsible for it in some ways,
not with my own son
but we haven't
but my generation maybe has not
formed enough of a bridge,
 that we've been maybe
blinded a little bit by our own success,
by access to opportunity, to capital...
that it hasn't been as difficult a row to hoe
so we haven't, maybe,
prepared those coming behind us enough
See Carl Lumbly's full 8 minute interview here
ON HIS FATHER
I used to chaff about how strict my father was.
But he was there
He set a tremendous set of examples for me
I never had to wonder if he cared.