By Team BLAM:
VIDEO: This is BIG. This is HISTORIC. A first ever we’ve been told. A public school district in Oakland, CA has embedded an “African American Male Achievement” (AAMA) program throughout its entire system, the only district in the nation to do so. Pendarvis Harshaw, the Grio.com’s Oakland-based Game Changer Fellow, produced this video profile on Chris Chatmon, the AAMA’s program director, and learned more about what is needed to take young African American males to the next level and close the achievement gap in this country.
BLAM salutes Chris Chatmon and the Oakland, California school District for all the work they’re doing to change the game for African American male students. They definitely understand that if we stand any chance at healing the hurts and pains of our young black males we must first acknowledge the harsh realities of where they are academically and then proceed with an open mind and unwavering commitment to shift the current statistics. EDUCATION IS INDEED THE GREAT EQUALIZER.