Good morning!

  Brotherhood is the state or relationship of being brothers, fellowship, and or the association of men. From the time I began attending Frederick Douglass I have fully experienced the love of a brotherhood. When I came to Fredrick Douglass in my tenth grade, brotherhood was the last thing on my mind. I couldn’t imagine attending an all male academy and being able to be comfortable and successful in an environment without girls. I was young in mind and had girls on the brain. I had in my head that this wasn’t the place for me.

    But when I began to give my future more serious thought and consideration, I came to the conclusion that girls aren’t everything, and that education is the main key to having a successful future. In my head, I sounded like a parent talking to my self, or some of my peers. That’s when I knew I was on the verge of major growth, because I was actually having a mature conversation with myself.

    With each year from the 10th, through 12th grade, I’ve experienced the transformation from a boy to man.   What was amazing was that this transformation was not just happening within me, but

with my Frederick Douglass brothers as well. My older brothers, once told me that we’ve experienced many ups and downs. We’ve experienced success, and some failures. But whatever we’ve had to endure, we’ve remained family and a kept our strong brotherhood.

    So I say to you as we move forward, my brothers, which we need to keep the bond that many of us have had throughout the years. We must celebrate each other’s successes, and provide support to each other during the difficult times that are a part of lives. We must be role models for the young brothers coming behind us to show them what strong manhood should look like, sound like and act like.   This is not only our responsibility, but our obligation.

    Malcolm X once said “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”   Let us stand on the...