Colloquium on Black Males in Education in Kingston, Jamaica

Ron Walker, Rhonda Bryant and Kamau Ptah of COSEBOC will be participating in this colloquium on Black Males in Education in Kingston, Jamaica from October 6-9, 2015.

Ron's Keynote: Emboldening Black Male Youth through Promising Practices: The COSEBOC Story

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COSEBOC 444 Sankofa Passages Program

by Kamau Ptah

In the fall of 2010, a call to manhood was pronounced by the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) to establish an in-school rite of passage program for the School District of Philadelphia. Approximately 100 men from the city of “Brotherly Love” responded to the summon and 10 were selected to pioneer this innovative approach to create transformative systems and practices that would address the cultural, identity and manhood crisis that impedes the holistic development of boys and young men...

Elevating School Climate and Increasing Academic Success Among Boys of Color

Thank you to all who joined our successful Twitter Chat on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Our topic was Elevating School Climate and Increasing Academic Success Among Boys of Color. This Chat was ideal for school administrators, teachers, educational policy advocates and organizations working with schools serving boys of color.

View the chat at #COSEBOC
Please submit questions for the Twitter Chat at

The National BMA Innovators are leaders whose program models demonstrate improved outcomes for Black men and boys and have started to spread their work at the national level. Congratulations to Ron Walker and COSEBOC! Announcing the 2015-2016 Black Male Achievement Innovators!


Do Something! by Ron Walker

by Ron Walker

As a boy, young man and man, I have been blessed with innumerable influential, active, and positive people in my life. The most influential by far were my parents, Delores and Solomon Walker. They encouraged, advised and disciplined me when necessary. Both parents reminded me that having an education qualified me to " do something" in the service of others.

I only applied to one college. That college was the historic HBCU, Lincoln University, located in Oxford, Pennsylvania. Little did I know that this...

Young, Gifted, Black and Worried - post by Ron Walker

by Ron Walker

In the Bible, Job was known for his perseverance while under extreme duress. He once said, "The churning inside me never stops, days of suffering confront me". As I fast forward to today, I often think about the constant churning that is omnipresent in the lives of black men and boys. There is a constant churning within caused by endless stress that confronts us.

I once had a robust conversation with a white male counterpart comparing and...

COSEBOC Passages

by Kamau Ptah

It is with great excitement that we launch this new blog through the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) centered on one of the most ancient transformative learning systems known as rite of passage. Our focus will be to present conceptual frameworks from this indigenous transformational method and explore effective practices that can be integrated into 21st Century schools, educational institutions, organizations and homes that are interested in creating the optimal educational and...

David Johns

That would be dope. ...

By David Johns and Dr. Marcus Hunter

The new movie Dope stars Shameik Moore as a young brilliant Black Los Angeles high school student who gets entangled in a haphazard scheme to sell drugs. Playing on the stereotype of young Black men as “dope dealers,” the film illustrates a host of obstacles faced by Black youth when pursuing educational excellence and sometimes to survive. Is the film mere Hollywood hyperbole?

Truth is, it’s not.

In the United States, Black students encounter a series of educational detours that compromise academic...

NYT: A Conversation About Growing Up Black

NYT Op-Docs recently released this short video of young black men explaining the particular challenges they face growing up in America. We are re-posting it here, and hope that you will take 5 minutes to watch this powerful video.

by Ron Walker
May, 2015

Delores Gwendolyn Walker, if she were alive today, would be in the vanguard. Without a shadow of a doubt, she would champion the movement to Save our Sons. As this Mother's Day approaches it gives me cause to pause and reflect upon the role that mothers have historically played in the lives of black and brown boys and young men. Think about the recent act of love publicly displayed by Toya Graham, the Baltimore mother who raced into harms way to save her son from himself.

Think about the regal grace and air of forgiveness extended by Sabrina...