As that unproductive so-called Women’s March proves, white America has its manhood problems too. But the stirring of God right now is in the black community and Steve Harvey is one among many real men leading the way of resurgence and faith. He’s not out there protesting. He’s rolling up his sleeves like a man and working to make an impact–a positive and productive impact–on future generations. Kudos, sir!
According to the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation,
“The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men” is a four-day, three-night interactive program designed to share and teach the principles of manhood to young men between the ages of 13-18, who live in a single, female-head of household. This program helps these young men realize their potential and helps them to envision and prepare for a future where they are strong, responsible and productive men.
The goal of The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend is to break the misguided traits of manhood and introduce role models who provide positive examples of manhood.
Of course, they also have a Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Program, the goal being to “enhance the development of young girls and provide a forum to expose them to the benefits and the importance of positive self image, responsible personal conduct, respect for self and others via educational achievement, cultural enrichment and mentoring.”
And you know what?
Not a single person wearing a knit hat with ears marched in protest to make it possible. Just Steve and Marjorie Harvey trying to make a difference because it all starts with becoming men and women of respect and goodness. Their aim is resurgence!
If you read Steve Harvey’s bio on a few web sites, they leave out when he was homeless. They leave out when he abandoned his first wife and kids. They leave out all the ugly parts of who Steve Harvey has been in his past, about which he tweeted, “I am who I am, and I was who I was. I’m cool with both people.” In fact, he views his struggles and failures as having made him who he is, a person with deep and redemptive purpose.
So when Steve Harvey met with President-elect (at the time) Donald Trump, was Mr. Harvey abandoning his principles? Was Mr. Trump encouraging Mr. Harvey to be a sell-out for a photo-op?
The answer to both questions is “No.”
For all of President Trump’s faults-and they are many-I do believe he sees potential in others. It’s what developers do. And Steve Harvey is a developer of human capital. That’s what his foundation does for boys and girls. If Mr. Harvey’s efforts can be applauded, highlighted, expanded, and form the basis of total revival for the black community which has been beleaguered for a long time, how can this possibly be a bad thing? The critics need to leave him alone. Mr. Harvey lives his organization’s motto: “Faith doesn’t make it easy. Faith makes it possible.”
And looking upon them Jesus said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
You’re heroes in my book, Steve and Marjorie Harvey! Press on!