Gathering to Address Need for Black Male Educators

From The Philadelphia Tribune

By Ryanne Persinger Tribune Staff Writer

Nationally, just 2 percent of African-American men are educators. Within the School District of Philadelphia, they count just 4 percent. The Fellowship: Black Educators for Social Justice is bringing attention to the issue this weekend.

“When you look at charter schools or district schools, you have a lot of Black men in leadership roles, but not necessarily in the classroom,” said The Fellowship CEO and co-founder Vincent Cobb. “Our mission is to recruit 1,000 Black male educators by 2025 and to develop them.”

The group is hosting a gathering for Black male teachers and those who want to enter the profession on Saturday, May 6, at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center, 1755 N. 13th St.

The event, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is at maximum capacity and has a waiting list. Cobb hopes the event will lead to staff diversity and inclusion throughout the nation.

Saturday’s speakers include Hilary Beard, author of the 2015 NAACP award winning “Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life,” and Wilmon Christian, director of administration at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Study of Race and Equity in Education.