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Black Mothers Raising Black Sons: Motherhood Empowerment with Marita Golden & Denise Bolds

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In a professional writing career that spans more than 30 years, Marita Golden has distinguished herself as a novelist, essayist, teacher of writing & literary institution builder. Golden’s two books: “Saving Our Sons” & “ A miracle Every Day Triumph and Transformation in the Lives of Single Mothers” are the foundations of which Denise Bolds stood upon to raise her son as a single parent in the empowerment model. Of Saving Our Sons - Having returned to the United States from Nigeria, Marita & Michael, in his teens, find their lives haunted by evidence of a horrifying statistic: The leading cause of death among Black males under the age of twenty-one is homicide. The boy who was once surrounded by a warm, loving African family is now looked upon with scorn by many Whites & with a deep, aching fear by his fellow African-Americans that his life may be casually taken. Golden has created a work of profound & lasting importance: a book that sensitively & uniquely addresses the problems of boyhood and emerging manhood. A Miracle Every Day Triumph & Transformation in the Lives of Single Mothers takes an illuminating & intimate look at flourishing single-mother families. Single motherhood & the children of single mothers have been the subject of overwhelmingly negative statistical analysis. But, asks Marita Golden, where are the studies that analyze the strengths of single mothers, the positive adaptive skills learned by their children, the support systems that help these families work? Raising Princes to be Kings: A Single Black Mother’s Guide to Raising Her Black Son is Denise Bolds’ first book, inspired by Golden’s “Saving Our Sons” Bolds’ son is now a Junior in college; he graduated with a NYS Regents Diploma from a school district in upstate NY where the graduation rate for black males is less than 41%. Denise Bolds has a master’s degree in social work and has worked with women and their families for over 10 years. GET READY TO BE EMPOWERED!!!