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Ode to my Father, Solomon Walker

by Ron Walker
Executive Director, COSEBOC

June 15, 2017

As another Father’s Day draws near, I wonder why we forget to sing praises to our fathers more often. I am guilty of this. From day to day, I am more apt to raise a tribute to my mother—who definitely deserves every praise given. However, too frequently and unintentionally I minimize the tremendous person that my dad, Solomon Walker, was and the enormous impact that he made on my growth and development as a boy, young man, and man.

The words that I will now share are in honor of my father....

W.E.B. Du Bois

Saturday, June 10, 2017 

W.E.B. Du Bois—scholar, educator, activist—recognized the significance of educators, even beyond the education they provide: “Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” Join us in celebrating outstanding Black male educators in Philadelphia-area public schools who demonstrate Du Bois’s truism. Those whose revolutionary teachings move all of us forward.

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Where are all the Fictive Kin?

by Ron Walker

I can recall growing up and hearing the voice of Miss Mary correcting misbehaving children who lived on our block. I vividly remember my own encounter with Miss Mary. One day a group of my friends and I were having fun throwing a baseball around. My throw went awry and landed hard on Miss Mary’s porch. We are scattered without any interest in retrieving the ball.

Later on that day, there was a knock on our door. It was Miss Mary with a ball in her hand. She spoke with a distinct clarity to my mother who answered the door. Her message was definitely...

Black & Latino Men Who Lead The Way

In a locale with as much Latino influence as Austin, Texas, fulfilling the unique needs of boys and young men of color is paramount to the success of the entire community. Beyond Austin, Latino men all over the country are leading the way to provide resources to ensure that all boys grow into strong young men with opportunities to learn and thrive.

COSEBOC is no stranger to providing access to the most effective strategies and tools for affirming the entire diaspora of boys and men of color. Here is a glimpse of some of our Who's-Who of Black & Latino men who will help bring...

Nationally recognized community activist and Hip-Hop artist JASIRI X will serve as keynote speaker for the inaugural COSEBOC Student Innovator Awards and as a panelist for the Young Men's Passage COSEBOC Talks. Among his many accolades, Jasiri is the first independent Hip-Hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016.   Jasiri X is a game changer. From city to city - and long before protesting went mainstream - Jasiri has been in the trenches, co

COSEBOC is a national leader in convening boys and young men of color for enriching exposure opportunities, particularly during the Annual Gathering's powerful Young Men's Passage, where our youth attendees receive:

A positive and safe convening with age and culturally appropriate content for young men looking to make change

A destination where young men will contemplate their present and prepare for their future

The chance to participate in team-building...

Preserving Our Natural Resources Still Matters

As COSEBOC looks toward spring and the 11th Annual Gathering of Leaders in Austin, Texas, our planning efforts require that we reflect on the reason behind our work to uplift boys and young men of color. Simply put, there is greatness within the young people we serve, and our role as educators and investors is more important than ever. Take a look back to 2014 as COSEBOC executive director Ron Walker reminded us that “Boys and Young Men of Color are Natural Resources Too."

Reimagining the Work: New Profit’s Spotlight on COSEBOC

It takes a village to affirm boys and young men of color as assets in our communities. COSEBOC relies on the support and partnership of a bevy of allies in the education and the Black Male Achievement sectors to accomplish its mission annually. This February 2017, COSEBOC is featured as the “Spotlight Organization” in the New Profit Reimagine Learning Fund’s monthly digest. The Reimagine Learning Fund supports communities and schools to create teaching and learning environments that unleash creativity and potential in all students,...

Sharlonda Marie Buckman, Chief Executive Officer of Detroit Parent Network

Join COSEBOC for a FREE teleconference on Parent Engagement with Sharlonda Buckman, hosted by Ron Walker and COSEBOC! 

March 1, 2017 at 4pm EST: This hour-long session will focus on effective ways to engage parents as partners. Highlighting successful programs and opportunities working across the country, we will also discuss common challenges and barriers to successfully working with parents and how to navigate through them. Learn more and RSVP here

The Urban Collaborative and COSEBOC discuss the future of collaboration between the two organizations. Ron Walker, the Director of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC), discusses his inspiration for starting his organization and transforming the national narrative surrounding men of color. 

Read the full article here.

Who inspires you? Across the country, exceptional public school teachers are leading challenging and engaging classrooms where all their students succeed. These teachers inspire us every day—yet they often go unrecognized and unheard.

Five years ago TNTP launched the Fishman Prize as way to celebrate great teachers. Since then, we’ve recognized nearly 500 teachers who build strong relationships with their students, ignite passion for their subject matter, and push students to reach their highest...

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