Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America

Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America

Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America

Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America

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They were dying again. There was no one I could talk to -- I felt I was the only one who could see the connection, that my friends from two different places of my growing up, the South Bronx and Wyandanch, Long Island, were dying. It brought on the feeling that it would never end, that my men friends would die and die, and keep on dying until I would be the only man left at the funeral. I knew I was overreacting, but this was not the first time death had run up the score on me, had taken my friends, not one every now and then, but in bunches.

Most of the deaths happened a long time ago, when we were young men. Back then the calls came one after another, bringing the news of another friend lost. It got so that after the first sentence you knew what was to follow.

"Geoff, has anybody told you? It's D. J., man. He's dead." "You heard about Mikey? Aw man, he just had a kid. OD'd." "You ain't gonna believe this. They found Warren in a lot with trash and stuff. They killed him."

"I don't know what it was. They said he just died. Was sick or something. . . ."

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