If you’ve read many of my posts in the past there’s a good chance you’ve seen me quote an African proverb I learned from a Kenyan pastor: “The boys in the village must be initiated into manhood, or they will burn down the village…just to feel the heat.”

When I heard this statement it caused many observations I’ve had about our society to fall into place.

  • It explains why fatherless inner-city gang members turn to violence.
  • It explains why self-absorbed frat boys, with no healthy mentors, assert their will on women.
  • It explains the profound urgency of father-son programs like Peregrine’s Passage to Manhood.

Watch this remarkable clip illustrating some mentors who have their eyes on the next generation of African American young men.

Man, am I glad for men like this! May their tribe increase.