The Black Sonrise: Oakland Unified School District’s Commitment to Address and Eliminate Institutionalized Racism
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“Manhood Development helped me choose my long-term goals and make them bigger
and better than they were before.”
To uncover the seeds of courage and determination that spurred a school district to make an unprecedented commitment to the education of African American male students. We invite you to Step Into the Light of The Black Sonrise.
In 2011, the Office of African American Male Achievement piloted the Manhood Development Program, an elective course offered during the school day, taught by African American males for African American males. Today, the Manhood Development Program serves more than 450 students at 15 school sites and the program is making great strides in engaging, encouraging, and empowering African American male students.
This research project was funded by Open Society Foundations, The Institute for Black Male Achievement (IBMA), and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and was led by Vajra Watson Ed.D., Director of Research and Policy for Equity at the University of California, Davis.
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The Manhood Development Program supports African American male achievement through:
Culturally relevant curriculum
Leadership and character development activities
Transcript evaluation and college and career guidance
Parent and family training and community building
Cultural, college, and career field trips
Recruitment and development of African American male instructors
Last Modified on March 9, 2015