The stories range from books like
"The New Plantation" to articles such as "How Colleges Fail Black Football
College athletics programs have
been credited with everything from giving low-income students the opportunity to
get a college education to accusations of exploiting those same players, barring
them from pay for their work.
The Faculty Athletics Committee
took on this conundrum Tuesday in a discussion led by exercise and sports
science professor Deborah Stroman, the sole black member of the group.
Only 50 percent of black male
athletes graduate within six years from colleges in the seven
majorNCAA Division I sports conferences, compared to 67 percent of
student-athletes overall, according to a
report the University of Pennsylvania's Ceorynter for the Study of Race and
Equity in Education.
And at UNC, an
academic scandal put what was formerly the Department of African and
Afro-American Studies in the national spotlight for no-show classes. Since
then, many professors and students have
worried about the racial implications of how the scandal is portrayed.
Sociology professor Andrew Perrin, a member of the
committee, said he believed the argument that black athletes were sometimes
"When we're not offering an
adequate education to young black males who come here. We're exploiting them,"
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, sitting 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. Phillip Jackson is sitting between them with mentees
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
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
What NAEP Tells Us About How Much
America Cares About Black Children
By Michael Holzman, Guest
blogger of Dr. Eric
February 7, 2014
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is
considered the best barometer of how well schools are educating our nation's
children. The latest results are no cause for celebration. They show a widening
racial gap in one key measure of reading success, and remind us of the troubling
differences in academic achievement for children of color from state to
In education, the Grade 8 reading assessment is a
watershed. By that time, students have attended school for at least nine years
-- ample opportunity for individual challenges to be identified and overcome. If
students cannot read as well as they should by eighth grade, the conventional
wisdom is that it is unlikely they will be able to learn anything else easily or
That makes the latest NAEP
results especially distressing. In 2002, 13 percent of black
eighth-graders read at grade level, compared with 39 percent of whites -- a gap
of 26 percentage points. Last year, 16 percent of black students were at or
above grade level, compared with 44 percent of whites -- a difference of 28
percentage points. The gap is widening.
Worse, nearly 90
percent of black males in the eighth grade did not read at grade level last
year. Will they catch up? Will they drop out? Or will they be "graduated," still
unable to read well enough for a career or college?
statistics aren't any better. Nineteen percent of adult black Americans have a
bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 30 percent of whites; and only 16
percent of black males have a college degree. More than 80 percent of young
black men, then, have little chance of obtaining middle-class jobs or raising a
family much above the poverty level.
How to solve the
problem? Change these harmful policies and practices...
The 10-month-old twins call Frandy "Da Da." He changes their diapers, mixes
up their formula, and helps shoulder the burden of providing food, clothing, and
But the girls aren't his children; Frandy's girlfriend
Cassie was pregnant when they started dating. When, a few months later, the two
decided to move in together, "I knew raising the kids was part of the package,"
said Frandy, a 23-year-old from inner-city Boston.
His own 6-year-old
daughter lives across town with her mother and her mother's boyfriend. Frandy
sends a check every month.
Such complex family arrangements are becoming
increasingly common, particularly among the poor, like Frandy and Cassie. Nearly
40 percent of unwed parents with low education levels share childrearing
responsibilities with a co-residential boyfriend or girlfriend, according to a
2013 report from the United States Census Bureau. Oftentimes these couples share
at least one biological child, but in 27 percent of relationships, either mom or
dad is stepping in to raise children they didn't conceive.
government programs designed to help such families, however, haven't evolved
with the population. Based on decades-old stereotypes that single mothers are
raising children alone and single dads are "deadbeats," the majority of United
States anti-poverty programs almost exclusively serve women and children, said
Jacquelyn Boggess, co-director of the Center for Family Policy and Practice, a
Wisconsin-based think tank that focuses on supporting low-income
The welfare system, as a result, can become a muddled mess of
rearranging rather than relieving poverty. Single, non-custodial fathers bear
the brunt. But dads don't suffer alone. Because the poor pull together to
support one another, everyone absorbs the pinch.
Call for Applicants to Study/Teach/Learn In Africa: Fellowship Opportunities for African Diaspora Scholars
Interested in Academic Projects on the Continent
NEW YORK, February 26, 2014 -
With the goal of turning the continent's "brain drain" into "brain circulation,"
the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship
Program will bring 100 African-born scholars currently based in the
United States and Canada together with host universities in Africa to
collaborate on teaching, curriculum, research, and graduate training and
mentoring over the next two years.
The fellowship program, managed
by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with Quinnipiac University and supported by the Carnegie
Corporation of New York, is now accepting applications from African Diaspora
academics to join a roster of available candidates for fellowships at African
universities. The Fellows will engage in capacity building
educational projects proposed and hosted by faculty at higher education
institutions in six Carnegie partner countries in sub-Saharan
Public and private
higher education institutions in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa
and Uganda, accredited by the national agency in their respective countries, are
now invited to submit an online project request to host a
scholar. For the first round of fellowships, interested scholars
and potential host universities should apply online by March 17, 2014. The first round of scholars will be
selected in May 2014, for project visits of 14 to 90 days to begin as early as
The new program will
help meet the needs identified by host universities by bringing short-term
faculty exchange fellows to Africa to co-develop curriculum, collaborate on
research, and train, teach and mentor graduate students.
"The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows Program
exemplifies Carnegie Corporation's enduring commitment to higher education in
Africa. It brings together Dr. Zeleza's expertise and vision with IIE's long
history of managing global scholarships and our ongoing work to develop talent
and help build capacity to address the challenges and harness the opportunities
emerging on the African continent," said IIE's President and CEO, Allan E.
Projects can be conducted in the African host country
for periods of time ranging from two weeks to one semester. The
African Diaspora Fellow will receive a daily stipend plus health insurance
coverage and money for transportation and visa expenses. Host institutions are
encouraged to contribute to the Fellow's meals, lodging and in-country
transportation during the project.