Their names are Amber, Robin, Azya, and Jordan. They are my daughters and granddaughters. I, like millions of other Black fathers and grandfathers, am fiercely protective and proud of each one of them. 

Breonna Taylor was the pride and joy of her family also. At 26 years old, she was already a decorated Emergency Medical Technician who enjoyed serving her fellow man. With an optimistic and ebullient personality, she was looking forward to a bright future. According to a close friend, Breonna was engaged to be married and expected 2020 to be her best year. 

COSEBOC Fall and Winter Series | Equity: Front, Center, and Fulfilled

Dear COSEBOC friends,

On behalf of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, I send my thanks to you again for your support of our recent spring and summer Virtual Gathering seminars. The series was a huge success, and it is because of your great attendance and enthusiastic feedback that I am pleased to announce the launch of our new COSEBOC Virtual Equity Seminar series for fall and winter 2020-2021. 

The focus of the series will be Equity, a concept that is especially important for those of us dedicated to the advancement of the social, emotional,...

The Fruition of our Virtual Gathering of Leaders

Dear COSEBOC friends and supporters,

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, it is my pleasure to send you this note of thanks.

As many of you know, COSEBOC was scheduled to host its 14th Gathering of Leaders in the great city of Seattle, Washington on April 28-30, 2020. With the onset of COVID-19, we were forced to cancel our signature event. This situation faced us with a significant challenge. Like many other non-profits, we made a hard pivot in order to keep...

Ron Walker's Book, Solomon's Plan, Available for Purchase

After many years of thinking about writing a book to share a story about the power of hope, resilience and family, I finally did it. With the generous and consistent support of the American Reading Company, the book, is a reality.

It is written in honor of my father, Solomon Walker. Solomon Walker, born in 1915 in Gaffney, South Carolina, never went to school, lost both parents at a young age and with determination made his way to Philadelphia at the age of 19 to begin a new life. The book is for students from middle...

James Baldwin

by Ron Walker
June 15, 2020

“The children of the despised and rejected are menaced from the moment they stir in the womb.”

I open my written thoughts purposefully with this quote from the great American writer and poet, James Baldwin. Why are the children of the despised and rejected so menaced?

My name is Ronald Elmore Walker. I am honored to be the Executive Director of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color. I have been moved to write because of the gruesome and traumatic video that was the public lynching of George Floyd....

George Floyd and the Countless Others we Memorialize Today

by Ron Walker
June 9, 2020

Another name has been added to the roll of black women and men murdered by unchecked police violence. His name is George Floyd. George’s first name joins Emmett, Trayvon, Eric, Michael, Laquan, Tamir, Walter, Freddie, Sandra, Philando, Botham, Breonna, Ahmaud, and others whose names we do not know lost to the persistent and insidious dehumanization that is embedded within the fiber of America.

Before our very eyes, we are witnessing the decay of civil society. The façade of liberty and justice for all that has been the foundational rock of this...

This year, the theme for the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) 14th Annual Gathering of Leaders, Boys and Young Men of Color: Learning from the Footprints of the Past; Taking Footsteps to the Future, has surely made an impact on me. As we approach this year's Gathering in Seattle, I have been thinking about two of my former students, Wendell Holiday and Kevin Johnson. These young black males were 7th and 9th grade students of mine during my early years as a teacher in Philadelphia.

Wendell Holiday was a very intelligent student who had...

Delores Gwendolyn Walker graduates from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High in Weirton, West Virginia, 1941

The year 2020 has been designated as the Year of the Mother. The official launch, January 20, 2020, coincided with the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think this declaration is worthy of our attention. COSEBOC is an organization fully devoted to the affirmative social, emotional, cultural, and academic development of boys and young men of color.

When I think about the genesis of COSEBOC and my career as a public-school educator and social justice activist, it is clear that all that I have achieved was influenced by my mother, Delores...

Free Video Teleconference with King Romero Wesson

COSEBOC is proud to announce King Romero Wesson as speaker in our 2019-20 educational teleconference series, Conversations with Deep Thinkers. The goal of this series is to create, deepen and strengthen the capacity of educators and advocates dedicated to the affirmative development of boys and young men of color. This free, online conversation will take place on February 18, 2020.

Conversations with Deep Thinkers is a powerful forum for learning and inquiry. In these one-hour teleconference calls, Ron Walker engages prominent...

Video-Teleconference: Ariel Jimenez Bustos and Martin Miranda

On Tuesday, January 4, 2020 at 4pm EST, COSEBOC is proud to announce Ariel Jimenez Bustos, Coordinator for the National Compadres Network’s Joven Noble Youth Academy, as our 4th speaker in our 2020 educational teleconference series, Conversations with Deep Thinkers. Ariel will be joined by Martin Miranda, a Joven Noble Youth Academy participant.

Conversations with Deep Thinkers is a powerful forum for learning and inquiry. In these one-hour teleconference calls, Ron Walker engages prominent leaders in an inquiry...