There are 3 million teachers in the USA and only 2% are Black males, correspondingly the graduation rate for Black male students is only 60%. The 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education insured the integration of American student body populations, but not its teaching staffs. The number of African-American teachers was almost cut by half, going from 80,000 nationwide in 1954 to 42,000 in 1965. This has negatively affected African-American students, especially young men.
MWALIMU MEN will be fundraising to support the younger generations, but we also seek to uplift them, so they believe they are worthy of support. They need to believe they have every option available to them. Other than parents, educators are responsible for creating the future of civilization. Teachers do so not only by cultivating minds, but also in leading by example. All kids, especially Black kids, will benefit from having responsible Black men to look up to and care for them on a day to day basis.
Everyone, please meet ALFRED MATTHEWS. He is a student at Democracy Prep High School in Harlem, NY who has plans to become a History teacher when he grows up. He is the very first recipient of the Mwalimu Men scholarship award!
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." -Pele
Mwalimu Men is currently accepting applications to give $2,000 to an African-American student on the path to becoming an educator. By 2025, we hope to give at $10,000/year in scholarships.
This fifth edition of the Schott 50-State Report on Public Education and Black Males, highlights many of the systemic opportunities and challenges that exist in states and localities relative to creating the climate where outcomes indicate all lives matter
The Black Male Institute hosted its 2017 Think Tank conference, called “Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” at UCLA’s Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center. Speakers presented research on the challenges black and Latino students face in education at a conference Wednesday.
The early childhood program trains 10 “fellows” as literacy tutors and offers a $5,000 scholarship to pursue undergraduate study when they’re done. They also get help with college applications and applying for financial aid, take part in college visits and attend academic conferences.
In an effort to further the dialogue on issues pertaining to African American students, the Black Male Institute curated literature on the topic.
According to Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D., “Black students [are] less likely to perceive empathy and respect from their teachers and more likely to view the school as a punitive learning environment than white students."
Eamon won his first championship title at age fourteen in 2012. It had been his first time traveling outside Alaska. Seeing a city like Seattle for the first time and competing with other talented skaters really motivated him to try something different with his routine. Mr. Maslov trusted the young teen and helped him practice at night. Eamon took home 2nd place with a double Axel, double toe-loop combo. However, due to his unconventional music choice, “Long River” by Aurora Falls, the judges only gave him an 8.9 score.
Undeterred, Eamon continued to bring his talent and unique vision to the ice. During his performance at the West Coast Championships in 2014, he gracefully executed a triple Salchow followed by a flying combination spin. Choreographed to Nayantara Kani’s “Vibravado”, Eamon’s performance landed him 1st place with a score of 9.7.
At the 2016 U.S.A. Championships Eamon took home first place by performing a quad lutz-triple toe loop combination. He ended the performance on a level 4 spin with a +3 grade of execution. By setting traditional choreography against Gravity’s rock-infused cover of Nocturne, Eamon earned a score of 9.9.
Currently, Eamon is working on the quadruple Axel, a move that has yet to be successfully implemented by any skater. So far he is 3.85 turns in.