By Nick Chiles
JACKSON, Miss. – Like the billion locusts that emerge every 17 years to descend on the Northeast, sometimes the thing we call news has a remarkably simple basis: We cover it because it’s rare. Uncommon.
So when a critical mass of the nation’s foremost experts on educating black boys gathered in Jackson last month to hobnob, commiserate and impart their latest findings on how to get positive outcomes with this much-maligned population, it had the breathtaking impact of the locusts.
This had never before happened in Mississippi, a state with the highest...