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JULY 'Purposeful Parenting Month'

Nommo Highlights 2 Speakers - Fathers with the 411 on Successful Parenting
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E. Ethelbert Miller:  The Poetics of Parenting 
By: Eugene Holley, Jr. 

Literary activist/poet E. Ethelbert Miller has been the artistic, behind-the-scenes mover and shaker in the Nation’s Capitol for four decades. The recipient of the 1995 O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize for excellence in poetry and teaching, Miller has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University since 1974, and has published and co-edited over a dozen books of poetry, essays and two memoirs including First Light: New and Selected Poems, Fathering Words: The Making of an African-American Writer and The Fifth Inning.
Miller talked about how he raised his daughter Jasmine-Simone and his son, Nyere-Gibran, in the midst of writing of those powerful and poignant memoirs.
“When I wrote my first memoir, Fathering Words, I wrote about the loneliness of Black fathers, Miller recalled. “I grew up with my father. But he was very traditional: we didn’t have ‘father-son’ conversations. He just told me what to do. When I wrote my second memoir, The Fifth Inning, I interviewed my son and daughter. I wanted to know what mistakes I might have made. It was a very sensitive thing. I’m not going to assume that I’m a good father. I don’t look at parenting in the abstract. I wanted to hear it from them. My kids came into the world with a set of expectations. I was aware of them having their own identity. I thought it important for me them to have a moral compass.”
“When I look at my children, and their success, and how people view them, I feel I’ve done a very good job.”
E. Ethelbert Miller's book, Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer is available for purchase at: 
Take a listen to his interview on The Diane Rhem Show (WAMU 88.5, NPR) talking about his memoir.

NommoSpeaker, E. Ethelbert Miller is available for speaking engagements, poetry readings, webinars, or workshop bookings at  Book early for National Poetry Month for poetry readings in April 2015. Miller is the Editor of the Poet Lore Magazine, which celebrates its 125th anniversary in September 2014 at the Folder Theater in Washington, DC.


Acklyn Lynch: Successful Parenting 
By: Eugene Holley, Jr.

The life and career of educator/essayist/cultural critic Acklyn Lynch, Ph.D., represents the successful inventions and dimensions of Black parenting in the Diaspora. For four decades, the Caribbean-born, metro DC-based polymath, who earned degrees at Howard, Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities, taught at Howard, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has written and lectured a plethora of subjects, from economics, culture and political science, to Pan-Africanism; child development and sports. He wrote a book of essays, Nightmare Overhanging Darkly: Essays on Black Culture and Resistance. But his greatest works are his daughter, Pilar, an international education consultant who taught in the Caribbean, Africa, and China; and his son, the Olympic gymnast Jair Lynch, who both received the same kind of holistic parenting he received from three major sources growing in Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad.

“The first person for me was my mother,” He fondly recalled “The second person was my school teacher, Mr. Grandison of Eastern Boys School, who introduced me to Duke Ellington, Paul Robeson, and Richard Wright.  And three, There were families like [writer/intellectual] CLR James’ family and the Constantine family. The parents of that era – from turn of the twentieth century, to the Depression era – they had a vision of tomorrow, based on two principles: religion-spirituality, and education. You had to perform well. You had to understand what education meant. Education was an exercise of discipline and a projection of what I wanted to be.”
Though he lived in a colonial situation, Lynch grew up in a Black community that functioned as an extended family that stressed all aspects of education, in and beyond the classroom; something he passed on to his two children. 
“Education was not simply something you learned in school,” Lynch remembered. “Our parents also understood the value of sports. You had to be athletic. You had to be healthy. Secondly, [they stressed] the arts: dance, carnival, playing Mas, and singing. I taught my son Jair, all of that. When he decided to become a world-class gymnast, I said ‘you gotta swing, brother; you gotta dance.’ You have to use your artistic imagination, in order to underlie your scientific knowledge.”
“The rest was history.” 
View Dr. Ackyn Lynch talking about his formula for parenting.

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