According to the U.S. Department of Education, Black men only represent two percent of teachers nationwide. The Fellowship has a goal of changing that by the year 2025, mobilizing more than 300 educators and supporters of education in Philadelphia this weekend for the inaugural National Black Male Educators Convening.
“The Fellowship is excited to invite our peers and allies to Philadelphia for our inaugural national convening. We are confident our program will be noted as a historical gathering of great minds that lead to even greater action,” said Fellowship CEO and co-founder, Vincent Cobb II.
The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice is a professional membership and activist organization dedicated to advancing the recruitment, development and retention of Black male educators in American schools, starting in Philadelphia.
America’s teachers are disproportionally female (75%) and white (83%), according to recent federal data. Black men make up less than two percent of teachers, though minorities now make up a majority of students in public schools.
“A diverse teacher workforce isn’t just a nicety—it’s a real contributor to better outcomes in our schools, workplaces, and communities,” Former Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said last year.
One of the many dynamic speakers featured over the three days, King said “It’s important for students of color to have role models who look like them and share common experiences. It’s just as important for all students to see teachers of color in leadership roles in their classrooms and communities.”
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