In this interview, Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with Dr. Juwanza Kunjufu, a foremost authority on the education of black boys in America. Dr. Watkins and Dr. Kunjufu express some of the concerns about how black boys are being educated at school, and whether or not teachers always have their best interests at heart.
Like Dr. Watkins, Dr. Kunjufu has a PhD in Business, but has turned his energy toward the black community and done an amazing job.
The professors speak about Dr. Kunjufu’s books on black youth and empowerment, as well as some of the issues that often frustrate and confuse concerned parents. Dr. Kunjufu says that school districts often bring him in when they have an isolated issue, but aren’t always willing to do the long-term work necessary to help black chldren get properly educated. For example, Dr. Kunjufu says that 41% of the special education children are black, yet black children make up less than 17% of all children in school.
Dr. Kunjufu has not only spoken and written extensively on the problems for black children in the school system, he also appeared in the very popular film “Hoodwinked,” where black male scholars explore the state of the black male in America. Not all news on black boys and men is negative, as the media would have you believe. But there are some tremendous challenges. Scholars like Dr. Kunjufu are reaching out to the black community and beyond to help resolve some of these issues, and you can learn more about them in the video below.
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