This week, a father-son duo are going to do something special and extraordinary: They are going to graduate from Morehouse College together. Dorian Joyner Sr. will march with his oldest son, Dorian Jr. fulfilling a promise he made to himself a very long time ago.
Joyner Sr. started at Morehouse in 1984, but didn’t finish. By the time he was able to return, his son was going to be a freshman. His son was stunned when his dad told him what he was planning to do.
“I said, ‘oh, you’re coming back to visit some of your friends?’” he remembered. “And [Dorian Senior] said ‘no, I’m coming back to be a student.’ I said – can you repeat that?”
The father and son supported one another through their collegiate journey, studying together and achieving their family goals as a unit.
“We used to have a support system. Sometimes he would come to my room to ask about a problem or a class or a professor to take,” he said.
The two Morehouse men are proud of their achievements and say that it has brought them closer together.
“We’re Morehouse brothers,” the two said proudly.
Dorian Senior is planning to go to law school to eventually become a judge. His son is planning to travel abroad with the Peace Corps.
This inspirational story is the kind that should be shared far and wide. This father-son relationship is reflective of the kinds of bonds that older black men must have with younger men, even if we are not related to one another. Intergenerational messages of manhood, dignity, education, pride and self-respect are passed from one generation to the next, and currently, we are in the midst of a lost generation of black male manhood.
Anala Beevers: The four-year-old with 145 IQ becomes Mensa Member
Anala Beevers is able to recite the capital of every country in the world and says that she is even smarter than her parents. She scored higher than a 145 in standardized IQ testing and is in the smartest one percent of the nation's population. There is one thing though, and as the Daily Mail reported on July 30, 2013, Anala Beevers is only four-years-old.
The little girl from New Orleans, Louisiana, learned the alphabet at the tender age of four-months. When she was a year and a half old, she could already say just about every single number in Spanish as well.
"She's a handful, I'll tell you she is a handful . . . she keeps us on our toes," her father Landon said, adding that she should have her own reality show.
Now, young Anala Beevers is focusing on learning the names and information about planets and dinosaurs. That is, when she isn't correcting the grammar of her mother and father. The thing is, the little girl is also able to realize that she is brilliant.
She was recently asked if she knows how intelligent she is. Anala nodded her head 'yes,' and simply said, "[I'm] really smart."
Anala Beevers is now a member of American Mensa, but she isn't the youngest invitee to the group of more than 2,800 members. In 2012, Emmelyn Roettger took that distinction when she was invited at the age of two.
This Is What The Next Generation Of Engineers Looks Like
In college and during her career, Kimberly Bryant often found herself the only black female scientist in the room. The biotech engineer founded the Bay Area non-profit Black Girls CODE in 2011 so that today's young girls will never find themselves in that position. Bryant realized that it wasn't a lack of interest in science that led to a dearth of diversity in her field; it was a lack of access. Black Girls CODE's goal is to drive access and exposure, closing the digital divide.
Black Girls CODE introduces young girls of color to computer programming, mobile app development, robotics and other STEM fields, so the girls can learn how to build the tools they want to see in the world. The non-profit is a global organization, with chapters in Oakland, Calif., Atlanta, New York and even South Africa, with expansion to eight more cities planned for next year. Every chapter targets girls of color between the ages of 7 and 17, formative years for capturing the girls' interest in STEM and building their self-confidence.
"Science is magic, and our girls are opening their eyes to the fact that they can learn to become the magicians," says Bryant, who launched the company with a class of 12 girls.
But the reach of Black Girls CODE has grown exponentially in two years; the roster now exceeds 2,000 girls. Bryant was named one of the White House's Champions for Change in the tech sector, and Black Girls Code was named one the "2012 Most Innovative Nonprofit."
Watch the video above to hear about Black Girls CODE, learn some mindblowing facts about STEM and meet some of tomorrow's most promising engineering talent.