"We Got You"
(l-r: Myra Allen, Regina Jean-Paul, Dion Robinson, Shaday Festus)
Can a celebrity's message inspire teens? That's the question I put to a group of students from Benjamin Franklin High School in Philadelphia. Last week, their school made headlines when rap impresario Diddy came to talk to them about personal responsibility.
In this week's column the kids answer the question, and also talk about what it's like to live in a city where the murder rate is 287 and counting.
They circle the wagons. "We help each other," Myra says. "If you're hungry, I got you. If you're scared to go someplace by yourself, call me up. That's just how we are."
I have another question for the students -- and I know they'll chime in because they're intelligent, articulate and extremely opinionated. If peace starts with you, what can you do to stop the violence?
Non-students, feel free. We need all the answers we can get.