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Raising Black Boys

Estimated: 1 1/2 Hours

Raising Black Boys is an honest dialogue about some of the tough realities and complex issues that Black children may experience and how their parents can guide, support and prepare them for a society that is far from color blind. 

Join us for a moderated panel of African American men. Our panelists come from all over the country and from varied backgrounds. Some were transracially placed as young children. All are distinguished professionals in their respective fields.

They will reflect back to their childhood as well as their current role as fathers of Black boys. They will share openly and honestly about the types of discussions that are taking place in their own homes, as well as the everyday fears they have about their sons’ safety and how they are raising them to become strong Black men.

We will pose to the panelists the concerns we have heard from adoptive families who are raising Black boys. Concerns such as:

1. How to have a conversation about racism without hurting a child’s self-esteem.

2. How to protect young Black boys from the hurt that stereotypes and exclusion can bring.

3. How to address and confront the insidious forms of racism transracially adoptive families are now aware of since adopting their child.

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Session Leader:

Kevin Hofmann

Kevin Hofmann is the author of Growing Up Black in White, a memoir that shares, from the adoptee point of view, what it was like to grow up as a transracial adoptee.

He is also an accomplished writer and public speaker who has a passion for adoption, especially transracial adoption, and enjoys sharing from his experiences to help other adoptive families.

Kevin works in the field of child welfare as a recruiter for the Dave Thomas Foundation and Wendy's Wonderful Kids, finding permanent homes for foster children. Kevin has been interviewed on NPR and Nightline ABC and is quickly becoming a trusted voice in the adoption arena.

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Session Leader:

Jonathan Thanh Danh Peck

Currently Owner and Advisor of Strategic Advice Services and former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tucson Urban League, has over 25 years experience working within the community development field facilitating projects, coalitions, and alliances at the neighborhood, citywide, regional, national and international levels.Jonathan received a BA in African-American Studies and Political Science from Earlham College. Adopted transracially from Vietnam, he is the father of two sons.

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Session Leader:

Kenard Gibbs

Kenard Gibbs currently serves as Vice President of Midwest Advertising Sales for BET Networks (A Viacom Company). Prior to BET, he served as CEO/Partner of Soul Train Holdings and Group Publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines where he formed the Ebony/Jet Entertainment Group. He was a co-founder of Madvision Entertainment, a company specializing in the development of urban themed content for distribution across traditional broadcast and new media platforms and President of VIBE magazine.Kenard is a graduate of Williams College and received a Masters of Management at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University. He is the father of two children.

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