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Dr. Randal Pinkett
July 2013

Elevate your game

Dear Friends:

Like many, I am outraged and disheartened by the George Zimmerman trial verdict.  The tragedy, the trial, and the travesty of justice have all weighed very heavily on my heart.  As a Black man, what saddens me most is not just the loss of Trayvon's young and precious life, but the unnecessary loss of his life and the underlying factors that led to it. Stereotypes led to suspicion. Suspicion led to pursuit. And pursuit led to tragedy. One fact will always remain: if George Zimmerman had allowed authorities to do their job, Trayvon would be alive today. The fact that this tragedy occurred – in the wake of the tragedies of Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell and Oscar Grant and the countless males of color who are misperceived, mischaracterized, and mistreated by others - clearly suggests that we ALL have work to do for America's promise to match her reality. Being a man that is less about words and more about action, I offer my commitment to do the following and invite you to join me in doing the same:

1. Sign the NAACP petition to the Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman: http://bit.ly/18eTYyT.

2. Play a meaningful role in the life of a young person (other than your children if you are a parent), and teach them to be understanding of, and loving toward other people – including those who are not like them.

3. Foster dialogue and not discussion with people who are not like you and don't agree with your views.

On these points, I am reminded of an article I read a few months ago by The Henderson Group which explained that in a discussion "we seek to convince others of our insights." We recognize discussion by its competitive nature.  By comparison, dialogue involves "a complete shift in mindset from telling others what you think, to inquiring of them what they think" and "an ability to penetrate into another's assumptions… to undercover the framework that governs their behavior."  We recognize dialogue by its collaborative nature.  As I listen to the debate unfolding over the verdict, it is crystal clear that our country needs a lot less discussion and a lot more dialogue to break down the walls of misunderstanding that continue to plague us.  I saw a great Tweet from Jay Smooth (@JSmooth995) saying, "The fundamental danger of an acquittal is not more riots, it's more George Zimmermans."  We each, therefore, bear some measure of responsibility for eradicating the racist stereotypes that set the stage for these tragic events in the first place.

I pray that the Martin family finds justice on earth through a Florida civil trial or Federal civil rights trial, but I also fully acknowledge that the ultimate justice is not in the court's hands but in God's hands.

Peace and blessings,

Randal

P.S. I am proud to announce that my firm, BCT Partners, is launching an initiative focused on males of color. More details can be found below.

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APPEARANCES

Trayvon Martin’s Family Reacts to Verdict

In a CBS News conference, Trayvon Martin’s family reacted to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial through family attorney Benjamin Crump. While they are saddened and heartbroken by the verdict, they graciously thanked supporters around the nation and around the world for their prayers over the past 17 months. Crump appropriately referenced an insightful tweet by Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. “Today is a defining moment for the status of my father’s dream. Whatever the Zimmerman verdict is, in the words of my father, ‘We must conduct ourselves on the higher plane of dignity and discipline.’” In a call for peace, Crump ended the news conference by saying, “For Trayvon to rest in peace, we must all be peaceful.”

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BREAKTHROUGH


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invests $1.2M in BCT Partners and Frontline Solutions to Improve the Health & Success of Young Men of Color

BCT Partners and Frontline Solutions announced that they have been awarded $1.2 million to provide advisory services and national technical assistance on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's $9.5 million Forward Promise initiative. Forward Promise aims to vastly expand the potential for boys and young men of color to grow up healthy, obtain a good education, and find meaningful employment.

As minority-owned companies, BCT Partners and Frontline Solutions takes pride in the fact that they can lend their expertise and services to empower males of color and look forward to continuing to build their growing practice for children, families, and communities throughout the country. In response to the overwhelming statistics on boys and men of color struggling around employment, education, and health, this past April, more than two dozen foundation and nonprofit leaders, including RWJF, pledged to take collective action on these issues. Convened and facilitated by Frontline and supported by BCT Partners, the alliance agreed to evaluate promising approaches, advocate for effective public policy and systems change, and invest in these young men as assets for America’s future. RWJF’s Forward Promise investments complement commitments from this growing network of funders working to secure healthy and successful lives for the nation’s boys and young men of color.

View full press release here: http://bit.ly/1aXvXB0

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ABOUT RANDAL PINKETT

Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy-consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. A sought after public speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, youth and community groups, Dr. Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide To Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash. Notably, Dr. Pinkett made history as the first African-American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University and firmly believes in the mantra "for those to whom much is given, much is expected."

The "Elevate Your Game" monthly e-Newsletter is published by Dr. Randal Pinkett. Copyright (c) 2012 Randal Pinkett, LLC. All rights reserved. For further information, visit us at www.randalpinkett.com. For speaking engagements and appearances inquiries, please contact Mrs. Michon Barnes at 678.637.5064 or mbarnes@bctpartners.com.

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