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.

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...

by Hayden Frederick-Clarke
April, 2015

“I think that the only way we can obliterate racism is through our schools. Schools have always been the site, the laboratory where we shape citizens.”
- Dr. Henry Louis Gates

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon members at the University of Oklahoma have done the nation a huge favor with their jovial candor. The pallid-skinned citizens among us can wag their fingers at the young people with an indignation that insinuates that they themselves hold no adherence to similar notions and are not complicit...

by Ron Walker
April, 2015

In 1.84 seconds, a black pre-teen by the name of Tamir Rice lost his life in a Cleveland Park. As a lifelong educator, I often think about what it was like to educate 5th and 6th grade students. They came in a variety of shapes and sizes as they were making their transition towards adolescence and becoming a teen.  Some were playful, some were studious and most were beginning to form a perspective on the world and life. And I think about my own growing up as a 12 year old boy in the city of Philly.  I smile with fond memories when I think about the...

To the parents of Trayvon Martin
To the parents of Trayvon Martin,
I know that though time is said to heal all wounds, the loss of a child  may surely be the exception. On this the 3rd anniversary of the loss of your son Trayvon, on behalf of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, I send you both our prayers, well wishes and support. As a parent and a grandparent with grandsons, in Trayvons age range I can't imagine what it would feel like losing either of them.
I have followed the stories that have emerged over the three years and have seen both of you in...

COSEBOC is honored to share that Ron Walker has been selected by the Officers and Executive Board of the Cambridge NAACP to receive the 2015 Cambridge NAACP, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Education Award. The celebration is on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the 30th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast Celebration, 9:00 a.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA. 

"Ron, we celebrate your leadership and your work to improve the lives of children. Your work in Cambridge and abroad has been one of excellence and we thank you for...

"We must not wallow in the valley of despair... (but rather) pledge that we shall always march ahead."
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Contrary to the all too prevalent negative narrative, COSEBOC knows that all boys and young men of color can achieve and thrive ifthe educators in their lives have the right tools and mindset. In fact, COSEBOC knows that there are schools across the country where this is happening every day. The COSEBOC School Awards honor these schools.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the process to...

Dec. 1, 2014: COSEBOC is pleased to to announce the recent interview with Ron Walker by Bill Daughtry of 'New York Sports and Beyond' on ESPN radio in New York City.  It aired several times over the weekend to a projected audience of 1 million listeners, and we are happy to extend this invitation to listen. 
Ron's segment begins at 27:43 on both links.
Click to listen here: ESPN Website Podcast or ...

Statement by Ron Walker, Executive Director, Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) Concerning Tragic Events in Ferguson

Nov. 25, 2014: “There are many lessons to be learned from the tragic events in Ferguson,” said Ron Walker, Executive Director of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, (COSEBOC).  “The death of Michael Brown, police response, and the community reaction show the critical importance of cultural competency, or how we relate to each other.  As educators, we know positive outcomes for...