Improving the Odds for African-American Boys in Oakland

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 (Lacy Atkins/San Francisco Chronicle)

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.


Jill Tucker, education writer at the San Francisco Chronicle

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

Thomas Logwood, Castlemont High in Oakland graduate