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Michael Baisden One Million Mentors Tour Begins

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By Carla Lacy – Dallas South News Director of Development/Community Relations and
Shawn Williams – Dallas South News Editor

Michael Wilborn (L) and Michael Baisden

Michael Wilborn (L) and Michael Baisden

Last Wednesday night Michael Baisden, established radio & TV host, author, and activist, along with his co-host, and colleague, actor/comedian George Willborn kicked off their first leg of their 72 city/ 7 month tour call for One Million Mentors across the country. (Visit onemillionmentors.com).

The idea was reportedly formed after the September 2009 beating death of 16yr old Chicago student, Derrion Albert, during a vicious gang street fight. When the question was asked, “Will you help?” Mr. Baisden answered by partnering with 100 Black Men of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys and Girls Club of America, and the National Cares Mentoring Movement to to encourage more people to become mentors.  Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway presented Baisden and Wilborn with keys to the city.

Carla Lacy - DSN Director of Community Relations and Michael Baisden

Carla Lacy - DSN Director of Community Relations and Michael Baisden

Mr. Baisden opened to a packed house at the The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Theater. Those who were in attendance stood to their feet to salute Baisden as he approached the podium.  He was joined by several prominent local mentors and civic leader including:

State Senator Royce West
Bruce Whitlock of Jack & Jill Inc,
Dwaine R Caraway – Mayor Pro Team
Gary Henderson with Communities in School of North Texas
Archie Burks – BBBS/Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc
Dale Long – BBBS/Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc
Nathaniel Eubanks, Jr. -BBBS/Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc
Pastor Renee Hornbuckle, Ph D. from Agape Christian Fellowship Church
Robert Tapley of 100 Black Men.

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The audience was eager and receptive to all of the speakers, who charged them to get involved and become the Fredrick Douglass or Malcolm X of today by contributing to the life of a child. Application packets were distributed throughout the theater, and information tables for each organization in attendance provided additional resources.

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Speakers offered practical solutions for those who may wonder what to do when spending time with a youngster.  It could be as simple as a fishing trip, an afternoon at the movies, or spending time in the library.  Baisden and Wilborn vow to share more information regarding their mentoring program with their listeners throughout the year.

Carla Lacy is Director of Development and Community Relations for Dallas South News.  She also covers community events for DSN.  Carla can be reached at carla@dallassouthnews.org

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  • Ben

    Over the past several years there have been several large mentoring program kick off events here in DFW, the events are usually announced as the brain child of a famous or well known national person in partnership with well known local leaders. The problem is that there is usually no follow up after the kick off event.

    In the mean time, there are men and women in local churches, schools and other community organizations that mentor children from the crib to the college and they get NO media attention or recognition. But that is ok because these men and women do not mentor for the media attention.

  • Carla

    Well Ben, Educate us. Who are these organizations we should be showcasing?

  • Shelia M.

    Speaking with a child is a blessing gift.Being allowed to inspire one should make a difference in he or she life.That difference should spark you to do more.Even if that more is sitting together to watch a movie.That conversation afterwards is when the joy really starts.That shortperson will open up you.Share their way of thinking.You can tell they give you trust just from how they speak with you.Why stop it.Why brush it off as if it no longer exist.It may mean little to you but to a child it is felt deep within.Give a little of your time.Don’t bash how someone else does it.Commend your work as well as other.That way we all grow.Million mentor I shelia M.commend you.

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