Train Up A Child began as a single poem inspired by the tragic death of Tamir Rice. It evolved into a series of poems dealing with both the joy and heartache that come with growing up Black and male in the United States. The poems explore the topics of police shootings of young Black men, the school to prison pipeline and gentrification among other issues plaguing our community. However, the poems also celebrate Black love and the ancestors that made sacrifices in order to make a way for the rest of us.
Author Sharon Lundy is a San Antonio native born and raised in Denver Heights. I graduated from Brackenridge High School and from there attended St. Philip’s College before receiving a B.A. in Communication Arts from The University of the Incarnate Word. I am a Special Education teacher in Judson Independent School District. Train Up A Child is her first book and it is dedicated to my sons Langston and Ellington and to Tamir Rice.