The Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Institutions: A National Catastrophe or Local Concern? – PART II

August 14th, 2013 by fannielou

Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series

The Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Institutions:

A National Catastrophe or Local Concern? – PART II

The Medgar Evers/ Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series is one of many cooperative projects between the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy and other institutions for social justice that provide public discussions on historical and contemporary civil rights issues.  This series honors two icons of the Civil Rights Movement, Medgar Evers and Ella Baker who were pioneers in bringing about remarkable change in Mississippi. They were pioneers in effectuating change not only in Mississippi, but across the nation.

Black males continue to perform lower than their peers throughout the country on almost every indicator,” says the groundbreaking report titled A Call for Change:  The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Schools. This report focused on areas of readiness to learn, black male achievement at the national level, college and career preparedness, post secondary experience and more.

It’s not that young black men don’t have role models in their communities; they often do. The problem is that many times the people mentoring young people aren’t always positive role models, Dr. Rodney Washington, chairman of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Jackson State University, explained..

On Thursday, September 12, 2013, scholars and community leaders will hold the second intergenerational dialogue  regarding young black males and the factors affecting their status on college campuses, including their disproportionate underrepresentation and corresponding ‘invisibility’ in the campus community. This “PART II” discussion kick-off the first lecture of the Medgar Evers/ Ella Baker Civil Rights Series for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The report stresses “This is a national catastrophe, and it deserves coordinated national attention.”  How can our local communities raise the standards of achievement?

Panel members include:

Moderator: Dr. Rodney Washington, Chair and Associate Professor, Elementary and Early Childhood, Jackson State University

Dr. Derrick Brooms, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Louisville

Dr. Phillip Cockrell, Associate Vice President for Student Life/ Dean of Students, Jackson State University

Mr. George Cole, Consultant, Safe and Orderly Schools

Mr. Donn Lewis, President, 100 Black Men of Jackson

Dr. Ingrad Smith, Interim Chair/ Associate Professor,  Educational Leadership, College of Education and Human Development, Jackson State University

They will explore and discuss the role of community in addressing the issue of the Black male disproportional decline on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Jackson State University, Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, Room 166/266 at 11:30 am.



If you need any additional information, please contact The Hamer Institute at

(601) 979-1562, 601-979-1563 or email:

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