» florida /site Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:28:11 +0000 en hourly 1 THE SOCIAL STATUS OF BLACK MEN AND WOMEN /site/2009/07/the-social-status-of-black-men-and-women/ /site/2009/07/the-social-status-of-black-men-and-women/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2009 02:36:39 +0000 Admin /site/?p=32 The pipeline begins at birth. All children need to be raised in enriching, nurturing, healthful, and cognitively stimulating environments from birth in order for them to develop to their maximum potential. Investing in quality ECE for young black male children will help to ensure that they enter the pipeline to higher education and the work force.

February 11, 2008

Dr. Billy Close, Chair
Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men & Boys
Bureau of Criminal Justice Programs
Office of the Attorney General
PL-01 The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL  32399-1050

Dear Dr. Close:

I’m so glad that Betty Burney, author of the book, “If These Chains Could Talk,” decided to give voice to the harsh realities young men face when choosing to engage in criminal behavior. Last week, I had the opportunity to read the book. I wish that I could say that I picked it up out of interest or because I was using it for research. No. I read the book because my 14-year-old son was given it by his school’s Hearing Officer after being suspended from school and sent to an alternative school for 45 days.

I am the father of six school-aged children and I can tell you that I have relied on many people, experiences, and organizations to help me teach my children the importance of education and good behavior. But very few things have moved me the way Mrs. Burney’s book has. In the most realistic manner, the book highlighted the harsh realities children face when choosing to engage in criminal behavior. It also offered some straight-forward, “off-the-chain” advice for parents that spoke directly to me about things I failed to realize and understand. There is no job that is more important (or more difficult) than providing my children with the tools and the opportunities they need to be successful citizens.

It is my understanding that the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men & Boys is an organization that is striving to help communities improve the conditions for Black men and boys. As a Black man who works every day to ensure that I serve as a positive role model to my children, I can tell you that your work in “promoting an environment that is conducive to productivity, success, and excellence for Black men and boys throughout the state” is very important. Like me, you will also benefit from many of the lessons the young men offered in the book, If These Chains Could Talk. Please read the book and share it with the persons you strive to reach each day. You won’t be sorry; I sure wasn’t.


Ronald B. Hobbs

(904) 607-8465


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