One evening, as I sat around the table with a handful of my buddies, the conversation turned toward our fathers. I was quiet for a long time. As a fatherless adult I didn’t know how to engage the topic. Then a question came to mind that I had always wanted an answer to, so I asked, “When did you know you that you were a man?”
The difference between my friends and I is that they knew this fact and I didn’t.
That’s why I am grateful for Jim McBride’s new book, Rite of Passage: A Father’s Blessing.
McBride believes that, “Adulthood shouldn’t be an accident.” and “In an era of aging pre-adults and wandering “adult-olecents,” it is essential that we as parents guide our children toward knowing when they have crossed from childhood to adulthood. It is imperative that a father “call out the man or woman in his growing children?”
As the father of six children, I couldn’t agree more!
The day is now here – the state of Georgia has set Troy Davis’ execution date for September 21st.
However, in the state of Georgia, the Board of Pardons & Paroles holds the keys to Troy’s fate. In the days before Davis’ execution, this Board will hold a final clemency hearing – a final chance to prevent Troy Davis from being executed.
Davis was convicted on the basis of witness testimony – seven of the nine original witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony.
One juror said in a CNN news interview:
“If I knew then, what I know now, Troy Davis would not be on death row.”