Join the June 20 Twitter Chat with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans & More…

Dear COSEBOC Members & Friends, 

Please join us on Monday, June 20 for an important online discussion sponsored by David Johns and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and the OnPurpose Movement, as they celebrate the first-ever International Day of Purpose


April 13, 2016: Watch as President Barack Obama affirms the greatness within boys of color everywhere in this powerful PSA. COSEBOC is a proud supporter of My Brothers Keeper - learn more at

Read more about the PSA...

CBMA Hosts Second Cohort Meeting in Detroit for 2016 Black Male Achievement (BMA) Innovators

Posted by CBMA, on February 29, 2016

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement’s Social Innovation Accelerator hosted its second cohort meeting in Detroit for its 2016 Black Male Achievement (BMA) Innovators. Black Male Achievement Innovators are experienced leaders whose organizations demonstrate powerful results in improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys, who pursue high performance, and who are positioned to spread their results...

Courtesy of Boston Globe: Let's Change Our Story

Black, Latino students speak up about problems in Boston schools

By Astead W. Herndon, GLOBE STAFF
Dec. 12, 2015

For two hours Saturday at the city’s public education headquarters in Dudley Square, officials with impressive titles outlined how Boston...

by Ron Walker

The presence of the Academic Achievement still remains pervasive in this nations public schools. And it is compounded in urban schools by an equally pervasive Opportunity Gap. On November 19, 2015, I had the honor to present a few comments on the COSEBOC's to combat both in an interview hosted by the Boston News Network. Wilmer Quinones, youth coordinator for Sociedad Latina, an exceptional Boston based organization was the other person being interviewed. Wilmer added a powerful touch to the interview. He...

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!


David Johns

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 success.


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.

November 13, 2014: This is an excerpt from today's Boston Globe. To read the full article, click here.

The report is being released today at a presentation and COSEBOC Executive Director, Ron Walker, is on panel responding to the report.

Black and Latino males are facing an educational...

This week's This American Life on public radio was right in the COSEBOC wheelhouse, a series of related stories on: 

  • behavior management
  • differential suspension rates 
  • school-to-prison pipeline

Stories included:

  • differential suspension practices of 3-year olds at a pre-school
  • research on suspension rates in Texas
  • an interview with Dr. Pedro Noguera
  • discipline practices in the early days at Academy of the Pacific Rim in Boston told from the perspective of a graduate who now is a...