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Fri, Aug 23, 2013 -- 10:00 AM

Improving the Odds for African-American Boys in Oakland


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Nequwan Taylor practices tying a tie during a June session of the 10th grade manhood development class at Oakland High School.
Lacy Atkins/San Francisco Chronicle
Nequwan Taylor practices tying a tie during a June session of the 10th grade manhood development class at Oakland High School.

Oakland schools have taken up some controversial methods to address the plight of African- American male students. There is a new charter school specifically for black youth, and a department at the Oakland Unified School District focusing solely on helping African-American males. We talk with those involved in Oakland's attempts to improve the outcomes for black males and a San Francisco Chronicle reporter who has spent a year documenting Oakland's efforts.

Host: Dave Iverson

Guests:

  • Christopher Chatmon, executive director of African American Male Achievement at Oakland Unified School District
  • Jahi, hip hop artist and educator, who teaches and mentors students through the African American Male Achievement (AAMA) program
  • Jill Tucker, education writer at the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Thomas Logwood, Castlemont High in Oakland graduate

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