Oakland Aims to Lift Students Who are Young, Male and Black
Oakland was alone in 2010 when it created a race-based program in its schools focusing solely on African American males. It was a controversial idea — an abandonment of a color-blind classroom to improve the lives of black boys. Yet five years later, the East Bay city is leading the nation in the growing movement to address inequities and improve the lives of African American males. Oakland, Detroit and Washington top a national list of cities committed to helping black men and boys, scoring 95 out of 100 points, according to a report released Thursday by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, a national membership organization.