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.
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: