Courtesy of Black Enterprise
During Dr. John Silvanus Wilson‘s inauguration speech a month ago, he spoke of a cradle-to-prison pipeline for black boys who face imprisonment during their lifetimes at alarming proportions. Sworn in as the 11th President of Morehouse College, Wilson delivered an urgent call to action to achieve a cradle-to-power pipeline for African American men. Prior to that position, Dr. Wilson was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), a position he held since 2009.
Black Enterprise spoke to Dr. Wilson about the crisis that faces young black men and what role HBCUs like Morehouse can fill to change the direction. Here’s what he had to say:
When you speak of the cradle-to-prison pipeline, what are some of the things that can be done?
The first thing we have to do is recognize that it’s a very serious issue—some would call it a crisis—and something needs to be done. You may think that goes without saying but it’s not. There’s a numbness that people in this country—black and white and around the world—have to what’s going on with the African American male. If other groups had the kind of educational data profile that the African American male has, it would be nothing short of a crisis. But for some reason, too many people find it tolerable or natural in some way.
View the rest of the interview at Black Enterprise.