Listen, My Son: Wisdom to Help African American Fathers.

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Butler, Lee H.
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Writing a book on African American manhood is truly a work-in-process. No man, no matter how old, has all the answers to the question, "What does it mean to be a real Black man?" Like all matters of image and identity, this question can only be answered by being in a relationship with a community of friends. Without the bond of friendship and respect, the effort to answer the question is likely to be marked by a competition to present the most superior image. Butler has attempted to answer the question by pointing to the fact that African American manhood is not one image or idea. Black manhood is multidimensional. Furthermore, there are a few key elements that combine to make a real man. Those key elements are the topics for conversation in this book.

This book has been written to promote a series of conversations that are important for African American men to have with one another. Its organization invites conversations in three areas of our lives for considering manhood and relationships. In part 1, readers are invited to take a close look at and talk about the relationships of fathers and sons. In part 2, the focus is on fathers and daughters. And in part 3, readers are encouraged to gather the wisdom of their experience by talking about the images they consider to be reflective of their very best selves. The three areas of consideration have been further divided into eight chapters, each chapter raising a different concern. Nevertheless, every concern connects one concern to another. (Author abstract modified)

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