Monday, June 1, 2015

1.5 Million Black Men Missing; The Great Atlanta Massacre of BlackEducators; Mass Black Male Graduation; Support The Black Star Project

1.5 Million Black Men Missing
The Great Atlanta Massacre of Black Educators
Mass Black Male Graduation
Support The Black Star Project
Black People in Minneapolis 9 Times More Likely to Be Arrested
Suicide Rates Doubles for Black Boys
"You will always struggle to grow Black boys into strong, positive and productive young Black men with 1.5 million missing Black men from their lives. Fix the problem of missing Black men and you will fix the problem of troubled Black boys. You cannot mentor or educate or wish your way out of this catastrophe!"
- Phillip Jackson, The Black Star Project

1.5 Million Missing Black Men
"The Great Atlanta Massacre":
Black Educators Under Attack
By now, you are aware of the 11 Educators in the Atlanta Public School System who were found guilty under the "Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). What you probably don't know, are the facts as recorded by those involved. (Click Here to see The 20 Facts about the Great Atlanta Massacre of Black Educators)
NCEBC wants to welcome the full village to question, understand, and support these martyrs who are standing on the basic democratic principles of equity, fairness, and justice. It is important (if not, vital) that we have this conversation to continue to dispel the myth that black children are incapable of achieving high test scores without cheating.

"We believe in accountability. We believe that data drives decision-making. We believe in research-based practices.These principles have been used for generations by high performing schools, Principals and Superintendents; especially those working and succeeding in urban communities where poverty and race are the dominant elements.This conversation is about the politics, power, economics, and restructuring of a public school system into a charter school system."
Diana Daniels
Executive Director
National Council on Educating Black Children
Join hosts Dr. Adelaide Sanford and Kamau Jwyanza on NCEBCTalkRadio on Monday June 1 and Dr. Eric Cooper and Dr. Nicole McZeal-Walters on June 8 at 10AM ET for a special two part series. Click on "LISTEN LIVE" or dial 714-242-5228 to listen or participate via phone.

Click Here to Listen Live Monday, June 1, 2015 at 10:00 am Eastern, 9:00 am Central, 8:00 am Mountain and 7:00 am Pacific.
Recommend a Black Male Elementary School Graduate, High School Graduate or College Graduate for The Mass Black Male Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, June 20, 2015 with Keynote Speakers Attorney James Montgomery and Hip Hop Artist Jasiri X. Call 773.285.9600 to register the young Black men at your school and in your life.
Will You Invest in Teaching Black Boys to Read?
In 2014, The Black Star Project received very little government or foundation funding for our programs to improve the lives of Black men and boys. But that did not stop us from being one of the leading organizations in the country working to nurture, save, educate and empower Black males.
Our programs over the past few years include the Million Father March, Daddy Daughter Dances, MLK Mentor Day for Young Black Men, Black Male Reading Academies, Math Boot Camps for Young Black Men, Mass Black Male High School Graduation Ceremony, College Fairs for Young Black Men, Take A Young Black Male To Worship and our Young Black Men of Honor Mentor Program.
Please become part of the solution to improve the lives of young Black males by investing in the work of The Black Star Project.
Just click the orange DONATE NOW button (or CLICK HERE) to make a positive difference in the lives of Black children, and children of all ethnicities that we serve.
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The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60653
Black people in Minneapolis nine times more likely to be arrested for petty crime
A study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that while young whites make up 40% of Minneapolis's youth population they account for only 14% of youth arrests. Photograph: Jeff Wheeler/AP
By Nicky Woolf
May 28, 2015
Black people in Minneapolis are 8.7 times more likely to be arrested for low-level offenses than white people, according to an investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The research into racial disparities in policing also found that native American people were 8.6 times more likely to be arrested for low-level offenses than white people.
White youth, however, while making up 40% of the city's youth population, accounted for only 14% of youth arrests.
The findings are based on Minneapolis police department figures, secured through a freedom of information request, on more than 96,000 low-level arrests between 1 January 2012 and 30 September 2014.
The research comes after one teenager's encounter with the police was captured on a cellphone in which a police officer in the city is filmed telling him: "Plain and simple: if you fuck with me, I'm gonna break your legs before you get a chance to run."
The footage was captured by 17-year-old Hamza Jeylani. Faysal Mohamed, who was in the car with Jeylani when he was arrested, told the ACLU that he had been detained several times. "I have to watch my back because the police are targeting me and targeting people like me," he said.
"In poor and minority neighborhoods of Minneapolis, the police aren't seen as guardians who serve and protect," the report says. "Rather police officers are viewed suspiciously as oppressors who harass and arrest."
Click Here to Read Full Story
Click Here to Watch Video of a Police Stop in Minneapolis
Suicide Rates Doubled Among African-American Boys
Ages 5 To 11 Since 1993
(What is it that African American boys see about the world in which they live and their futures that causes them to kill themselves? And to kill others?) Image: John Vachon/Wikimedia Commons

May 23, 2015
Researchers have found that rates of suicide among African-American children, specifically boys, have doubled since 1993, surpassing for the first time the rates among white children which dropped over the same period.
The study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics Tuesday, was based on data obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which gives a breakdown of causes of death in 657 cases of suicide among children ages five to 11 between 1993 and 2012, 84 percent of whom were boys.
Researchers were surprised to find that suicide rates among black boys ages five to 11 nearly doubled between 1993 and 2012, rising from 1.78 to 3.47 per million. This happened while the rates among white boys of the same age group decreased from 1.96 to 1.31 per million.
Jeffrey Bridge, epidemiologist at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, who led the study, told CNN that the results were surprising because suicide rates have historically been higher among whites across the age groups.
"Suicide rates in the U.S. have historically been higher among white individuals across all age groups. We were very surprised to see higher suicide rates among black children over time."
"I was shocked, I'll be honest with you. I looked at it and I thought, 'Did we do the analysis correctly?' I thought we had made a mistake," he said.
To confirm the trend, the researchers waited for a year until the 2012 data was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The data only confirmed the trend they had observed.
Click Here to Read Full Story
Click Here to See JAMA Report

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