The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) recently appointed Chris Chatmon as their very first director of African-American Male Achievement. Funded by private donors, Chatmon is charged with changing the trajectory on which so many African-American male youth find themselves. The Oakland Tribune writes: “in the fall of 2004, 956 African-American boys entered the ninth grade. Four years later, in the Spring of 2008, 377 black boys graduated. Of those, 89 graduated with the grades and credits required to attend a state university.” Chatmon will address academic achievement as well as try to make a positive impact in the crime and violence rates affecting young men.
Posted by: acbuildingblocks | October 28, 2010