In 2010, the Oakland Unified School District launched the Office of African American Male Achievement with support from students, parents, teachers, community organizers, clergy, and city elders. Spearheaded by then-superintendent Tony Smith, the AAMA proclaimed “African American male students are extraordinary and deserve a school system that meets their unique and dynamic needs.”

Today school districts across the country, from Washington D.C. to Seattle, Washington, are implementing versions of the AAMA’s work in hopes of better supporting black males to reach their dreams.

The touching video below is a heartfelt look into the lives of black males who have been supported by the AAMA.

It is definitely worth watching.

Chris Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of Education Post, a media project of the Results in Education Foundation. He is a lifelong activist and 20-year supporter of nonprofit and education-related causes. Stewart has served as the director of outreach and external affairs for Education Post, the executive director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), and an elected member of the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education.


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