Education

From the outside I am sure I don’t look qualified to write a blog on Black History Month, but in the past five years I have become passionate about increasing my understanding of race and equality in America. That led me to launch a non-profit, Trajectory Foundation, to fund $16,000 college scholarships for black students to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). For me, this journey started during 2014-2016 when multiple incidents resulted in black Americans dying at the hands of police officers. Protests spurned movements like Black Lives Matter. In all honesty, I couldn’t make sense of how this...

Sometimes the universe aligns to help you advance your thinking or solve problems in a way you can’t anticipate. So was the case for me in the past two weeks when two very different articles were written that help me explain, in a more eloquent way than I ever could, why Trajectory is so important to me and why its mission is so critical to the education of young black students who need help funding their college education. The first article, entitled “Privileged” is written by Kyle Korver and was published in The Players’ Tribune. Korver is a white NBA player...

I have been a bystander on social issues.  I have had very few conversations about racism and injustice.  I guess having a family and living with white privilege makes it far too easy to not pay attention.  That silence, that inaction, ends now. Over the past few years I set out to become more educated and engaged in social issues. From that learning comes a very simple truth.  Education is critical to change the social inequalities that black children face from the time they are born.  But the cost of acquiring a college education is skyrocketing, which further inhibits progress.  It...