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MY BROTHERS’ KEEPER: A COURAGEOUS TRANSFORMATION OF THE PLIGHT OF BLACK MALES AS WE JOURNEY BACK TO LOVE, ENGAGEMENT AND HIGH ACHIEVEMENT

President Obama, in launching the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, has challenged the nation to intensify the support and development of young men of color, particularly black males. The data detailing the plight of black males continues to re-inscribe the inherent harm, neglect and division from which this plight arises. “And the worst part,” the President laments, “is we’ve become numb to these statistics. We’re not surprised by them. We take them as the norm. We just assume this is an inevitable part of American life, instead of the outrage that it is.” The challenge is for schools to not reflect and perpetuate the inequities, but to eliminate those inequities. Garrett Albert Duncan, in his powerful research, offers that black boys are “Beyond Love” as it relates to their experiences in school. By creating the space for, surfacing and learning from their voices, this seminar will explore and assess how Duncan’s concept is manifested through institutionalized practices that marginalize, criminalize and ostracize black males. Participants will examine ways to transform school environments into places that nurture the spirit and infinite potential of black males by fostering high-level engagement and achievement. (Prerequisite: Completion of Beyond Diversity™)

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