Dear Black Boy
Dear Black Boy is a letter of encouragement to all of the black boys around the world who feel like sports are all they have. It is a reminder that they are more than athletes, more than a jersey number, more than a great crossover or a forty-yard dash, that the biggest game that they’ll ever play is the game of life, and there are people rooting for them off of the courts and fields, not as athletes, but as future leaders of the world. The same things that make these strong beautiful black boys great on whatever playing surface they choose are the same things that will propel them forward in life: mental toughness, dedication, passion, determination, and effort are all things that carry over into the game of life. With the right preparation, every black boy can win.
10% of proceeds from book sales will be donated to non-profit organizations aligned with Dear Black Boy’s mission to lift up young black boys’ voices, and support them in the pursuit of their dreams.
In the summer of 2016, after Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were both shot and killed by police within days of each other, Martellus wrote a poem to young black boys called “Dear Black Boy” - a message of hope - that became the basis for the book and this campaign. Dear Black Boy Now What? builds upon that message of hope by inviting all of us to be champions of black boys, and encouraging them to dream big.