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™)
Courageous Conversation Community,
I hope that you, your families, friends and neighbors are all well and safe as we discover what it really means to be a global community. No one questions that COVID-19 has critically interrupted our systems—social, economic, crisis management and others. As we continue to understand and endure, we are reminded of the color, culture and consciousness of the systems and institutions upon which our treatment and recovery depend.
The way in which we greet, engage and associate with one another has been altered dramatically. Our collective effort to stay in and keep each other safe, however, do not include silence on matters critical to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of our humanity. While the pandemic is colorblind and knows no borders, the responses are neither.
We sincerely hope that you will join the Courageous Conversation which will follow.
Founder and President