Looking to amplify the voices of Black men working in education and to increase the numbers of those working in the field, Black Male Educators Convening will host a conference at Boys’ Latin Charter School on Saturday. The meeting will focus on the pipeline, politics, and mindsets of Black male educators.
David Hardy, CEO of Boys' Latin, said the school supports the mission of BMEC and has had a successful relationship with the program since its beginning.
“It made sense for us to host the event, considering we are an all-boys school,” said Hardy. “We are trying to encourage young African American men who are educators and give them guidance and mentoring.”
BMEC, formed in 2015, is partners with the Black Male Educator Alliance, an organization that identifies, connects, and supports Black men in education across the country. The organization gives Black male education workers a voice and raises awareness of the low numbers of Black men in the field. Currently, Black males make up only 2 percent of teachers in urban school districts nationwide.
Mastery Shoemaker principal Sharif El-Mekki and Vincent Cobb, director of Family & Community Engagement for Mastery Charter Schools, are organizers of the event. Civil rights activist and scholar Howard Fuller will be the keynote speaker for the event, and there will be other speakers and discussions throughout the day.
Last year’s BMEC event hosted 130 Black male leaders and 20 special guests.