Only 10% of 8th-grade Black boys in the
United States read at a proficient level according to the National Assessment of
Educational Progress (NAEP). This predicts an absolute catastrophe for
Black communities across America in the next 5- to 10-years!!! There is no
plan, that I know of to teach more than 10% of Black boys to read proficiently
I have spent much of my life
asking elected officials for help, asking faith leaders for help, asking
business leaders for help, asking parents for help. For the most part, I
received very little help to teach Black boys to read.
Now I am asking you for
Shavelle Bell, left and Tiffany Hope,
right, representing the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc - Theta Omega Chapter,
make a generous donation to the Young Black Men of Honor Mentor Program at The
Black Star Project .
If only 10% of Black boys read
How will they qualify for the
few, precious job opportunities in America?
How will they support
How will they help build and
stabilize our communities economically and socially?
How will they be able to serve
as role models and mentors for coming generations of young Black
Who will our daughters
Can the Black community
survive if our male children cannot read?
I have asked the White House,
the State House and City Hall for help to teach Black children to read, but
apparently at this time, this is not a priority for them. Is it a priority for
Young Black men know that the time is "Educate or
I am asking you to help us
financially so that we can teach Black boys to read at a proficient
If you know of another
organization doing as much or more than The Black Star Project to educate Black
students and develop Black families, you should support that organization
financially now! If you do not know of another organization doing this work,
please support The Black Star Project.
I thank Illinois State Senator
Kimberly Lightford, Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins, and Chicago
Alderman Will Burns for their ongoing support for The Black Star Project. I
also thank Illinois State Representative Esther Golar for her personal support
for The Black Star Project.
Now, I need your support to
teach Black boys to read proficiently.
support we can accomplish much more. Please become a member of The Black
Star Project today and
help us continue our nation-leading work in the area of creating better
students, better parents, better families and better
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of 8th-Grade Black Males Proficient in Reading*
3% Cleveland - 3% Detroit -
5% Washington (D.C.) - 6% San Diego -
7% Dallas - 7% Baltimore City -
7% Chicago - 9% Jefferson County, (KY) -
9% Atlanta - 9% Los Angeles -
9% Philadelphia - 9% Austin -
9% Houston - 9% Hillsborough County (FL)
* Source: Minority Students and Public
Education by Dr. Michael Holzman. This information was extracted from the U.S.
Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for