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Michael Baisden comes to Morehouse College to encourage mentorship

PHOTO CREDITS: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

PHOTO CREDITS: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Michael Baisden, the national radio host heard locally on Majic 107.5 daily from 3 to 7 p.m., stopped by Morehouse College yesterday to encourage students to become mentors for kids.

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His goal: get one million people to become mentors. He said he was inspired by Derrion Albert, a 16-year-old Chicago honor student beaten to death by peers last year.

At first, he said he wanted to do a town hall meeting in Chicago but felt that wouldn’t have any lasting impact. He feels mentorship programs do.

The tour, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters, The National CARES Mentoring Movement and 100 Black Men, will hit 73 cities this year. Atlanta was city No. 24.

During the program, he asked women in the crowd how many know three or more men they can trust (outside their father or grandfather) to take care of their kids. Only a handful said yes.

“A woman cannot be an example of a man,” he told the audience. “I can’t be an example fo a woman… This is why mentoring is so important. Women don’t have men to be examples for their sons or daughters. That’s why I’m here.”

Here was my interview with him at the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel at Morehouse last night before he started the program, which drew several hundred students. I used a Flip camera, which is what he was commenting about at the beginning and end:

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6 comments Add your comment

jarvis

March 25th, 2010
9:34 am

Any one not willing to take care of their own children do not deserve to have any.
What a sad commentary on a culture when a national tour is needed to find fill-in fathers.

Kaci

March 25th, 2010
9:40 am

God, I hate Michael Baisden! That is all!

MH

March 25th, 2010
9:43 am

“Michael Baisden, the national radio host heard locally on Majic 107.5 daily from 3 to 7 p.m., stopped by Morehouse College yesterday to encourage students to become mentors for kids”…

Translation- Michael Baisden stopped by Morehouse College to encourage black students to become mentors for black kids.

There is nothing wrong with the idea of mentoring kids…but if a person was to set out on a campaign such as this one, the goal would to be help ALL American children (white, black, hispanic, etc.). Sorry, when I see crap like this “post Obama” it just reeks of racism. Sad.

Vee

March 25th, 2010
11:12 am

I agree with MH. Mentors should come in all colors just as mentees do. Truth is I couldn’t find an African American woman to mentor my career. I’ve been fortunate enough to have others who saw potential, encouraged me and gave me a chance. Some could say they didn’t see me as a threat to their career. I like to think they were just women passing on the blessing!

niecey

March 25th, 2010
2:58 pm

you hate him enough to read the entire article and make a comment…right…you love him.

Tinytam

March 26th, 2010
11:37 am

MH & Vee,
I don’t believe that any one is excluded from this mentoring campaign. Mr. Baisden is very, very inclusive on his show and encourages his listeners to appreciate all cultures. I’m sorry you think that’s the case but I haven’t heard him say anything that would lead me to believe it was just for African Americans. If you aren’t African American, would you consider participating in a program to mentor wit students of any race? Big Brothers and Big Sisters could certainly use some help.
Thanks for considering becoming a mentor.