Former NFL Star Martellus Bennett Publishes Book That Encourages Black Boys To Dream Beyond The Stereotypes

Marcellus Benett                                         Photo: Natasha Moustache/Getty Images 

Article written by BOTWC ( Staff

Former NFL tight end Martellus Bennett is on a mission to inspire young Black boys to dream beyond the narrative they see of themselves in media.

Following the shooting deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling more than two years ago, Bennett penned a poem titled “Dear Black Boy” that specifically addressed young Black kids today who are unable to escape the images of trauma that is imposed on them.

“I just felt like I needed to write something for the Black kids who had to see or witness these things,” Bennett told The Root. “I thought about myself as a kid and the things that [kids today] see because of the way media is consumed. We didn’t have access to as many things that were happening in the world. Now, you see all these things.”

In March, Bennett will turn the “Dear Black Boy” poem that he penned in July 2016 into a book that will be published by his multi-media company, the Imagination Agency. According to The Root, the book will encourage young Black boys to “dare, plan, work, and most essentially, dream clear of dictates, expectations or stereotypes.”

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