I have been following this story ( Hundreds of black men turn out to encourage students, dispel stereotypes)and it truly annoys me. Do they have this day for other ethnicities? I mean seriously what the hell? I wonder if the African American community is offended. I found the goals noteworthy, but offensive. I truly believe if you want to change the narrative you can’t just plant seeds (high fiving), you have to water the seed. How about truly giving these youth 45 minutes of your time answering questions? Enlighten the young on how you chose your profession and how you really got there. How about talking about what classes need to be taken in college and what grades need to obtained? Why aren’t these 200 men making their presence known more than once a year? Why not set up a regular rotating seminar on careers? Why aren’t these concerned individuals signing up to be tutors for afterschool programs? How about talking about race and explaining at an age appropriate level why such a media extravaganza was canceled(“America only sees us on the news, in sports or entertainment. They don’t see us as fathers, as professionals.”)? This is a great solid start engaging with and supporting students and their families on issues of race and equality that critically affect their daily lives. Losing the opportunity gap for black and brown students is essential to our educational mission.