March 21, 2014: Today, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights released its civil rights data analysis from the 2011-2012 school year. This is the first comprehensive look at civil rights data from every public school in the nation in nearly 15 years. The data set, which includes reporting from all of the nation’s 97,000 school districts, shows that tremendous disparities still exist for children of color in many areas - ...

by Ron Walker
March 18, 2014

For many people who do business of one sort another, frequent travel across this great nation may be routine. Recently, I made the cross country trek from Boston, Massachusetts to Sacramento, California. Though of late I have been traveling frequently, I don’t often make the trek from coast to coast and sea to shining sea. On this trip I paused from my pile of papers and emails to pause to take in the breathtaking view of the Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountains. The majesty of the view from 30, 000 feet was awesome. To see miles and miles of snowcapped...

In the spirit of promoting positive stories and projects of black men and boys and lifting up successes to a national audience, the Rory T. Edwards Show on WXPR blog talk radio, is hosting a month long series of key techniques with some of the country's most knowledgeable experts on Black men and boys development. Its purpose is to develop a national strategy that will provide communal leaders with the opportunity to join a movement of equivalent leaders to receive vital information, capacity-building support, be connected and showcased to funders, and...

By Howard Stevenson
Professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education 

Let’s say your Black son comes home one night, scared, out of breath from running. He tells you that some guy with a gun chased him and shot at him, and his girlfriend heard the whole thing on the phone. He stammers that all he was doing was going to the store for a bag of Skittles and iced tea. 

Now you have to muster the courage to respond. What do you say? How can you protect him? What can you do to make sure that he comes home safe tomorrow...

132,000 Black Men and Boys Are Too Precious to Lose

By Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant
COSEBOC Policy/Advocacy Coordinator

The gun violence issue most keenly affects black men in America. While black males are 6 percent of the United States population, they constitute 48 percent of the homicide victims who die by firearms in our nation. On average, about 4,900 black males are killed with guns every single year. Between 2000 and 2010, 53,850 black males died by firearms in America. Between now and 2025, if we don’t act,...

Seeing potential and talent where others see misbehavior and disrespect

by Ron Walker, COSEBOC Executive Director
March 7, 2013

During a recent site visit to our Mississippi Leadership Academy, I had the good fortune of meeting 5 year Kaiden Johnson in Biloxi, Mississippi. He is a student at the Early Learning Center directed by Mrs. Eula Crowell, a dedicated champion for poor and underserved families and their children. On a financial shoestring, Mrs. Crowell and her able staff produce young scholars between the ages of 4 and 5 who leave her center ready, willing and able to read.  In fact she...

by Ron Walker
Feb 4, 2013

Why are we mute? This was the powerful essential question that Harry Belafonte asked as he received the prestigious Spingarn Award at the NAACP’s recent Image Award ceremonies. Further, he asked the listening audience, where are our leaders? where are our legislators?  where our churches?


by Ron Walker
Executive Director, COSEBOC

Imagine with me for a minute that every high school graduating class from this point forward has all young men of color exceptionally prepared to carry and shape society’s mantle. These graduates would exemplify what it means to be literate in the 21st century, taking their rightful place in local, national, and global communities. We would then say, "There goes our Young, Gifted and Literate.”The Young, Gifted and Literate graduate reads and writes well across a wide range of disciplines; speaks eloquently with passion and conviction;...

by Rory T. Edwards, CEO 
Professional Athlete Wellness Group

In the past week we have been exposed to yet two more tragic incidents in the world of professional sports. There was the murder suicide in the Kansas Chiefs organization and the DWI vehicular homicide involving two Dallas Cowboy teammates and friends.  Most all would agree that these incidents continue to mount and are almost becoming ‘the new normal’ in regards to the actions and activities of aspiring, as well as accomplished professional athletes.

And let us not forget the torrent of sexual and physical...

by Murph Shapiro, COSEBOC
December 7, 2012

I’ve just finished three different pieces that include lists of successful practices of inner city schools.

The first is a book, Sweating the Small Stuff by David  Whitman in which Whitman describes 6 schools ( 4 charters; a parochial high school; and a neighborhood public high school) that have narrowed the achievement gap and produced graduates who go off to college.

The book was written in 2008 and is...