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Raising Black Boys Revisited - Meet This Year's Esteemed Panelists

The Cradle’s Our Children initiative launched in February of 2016 with the “Raising Black Boys” roundtable. On that night, more than 200 adoptive parents and advocates for children gathered to hear a distinguished panel of Black men share their deeply personal stories about growing up in a society that is far from color-blind. The idea of the first roundtable, launched in 2016, came from the race discussions in the news at that time and reached the dinner tables of American families everywhere.

The Cradle will continue to engage families in some difficult, yet critically important topics. Through wisdom, insight and personal experiences, we want to increase awareness about the realities of raising a Black boy in today’s society. On February 20, 2020, The Cradle is excited to be hosting our Raising Black Boys Revisited Roundtable, which aims to help families raising Black boys better understand and prepare for the realities and injustices their children may experience. Following the roundtable there will be a question and answer session and an opportunity to talk one-on-one to our esteemed panelists. 


Kenard Gibbs - Mr. Gibbs has been with BET Networks as VP of Midwest Sales in Chicago since 2013.

Evan J. Roberts - Children's picture book Author and Aducator. He also writes fiction and non-fiction for teens. 

Scott Smith -  Mr. Smith has a degree in Political Science from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and served in the military as a US Paratrooper. Scott works as an independent IT migration specialist in the Chicagoland areas and volunteers his time to different non-profits and equality advocate groups.

Pastor Tim Howard - Lead Pastor of New Joy Divine Full Gospel is a servant of God, husband, father, and teacher of the Gospel.

Taj L. Smith Esq. - Owner and legal counsel of the Smith Law Group, that he started in 2012, where he specializes in criminal law as well as family law dealing with child custody and divorce.

Christian Farr - A graduate of University of Delaware, General Assignment Reporter and fill-in Anchor at NBC5 News.

Click here to read an in-depth bio on our amazing panelists.

On Thursday, February 20, 2020 in partnership with Loyola University Chicago - Loyola School of Law, we will host our second Raising Black Boys Roundtable. This roundtable will take place on at 6:00 p.m. – 9:00p.m. To register please click here.

Thank You to Comcast Corporation for thier generous Sponsorship of Raising Black Boys Revisited.