Colloquium promotes exemplary practices on Black males in education

BNRC colloquium participants

Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male co-sponsored event

The Todd Anthony Bell Resource Center on the African American Male co-convened the 3rd Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education with Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Lab at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The colloquium, co-founded by Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Dr. James L. Moore III, director of the Bell National Resource Center, associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and the EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at The Ohio State University, seeks to share exemplary practices and strategies for improving academic outcomes for Black males at every juncture of their education (e.g., elementary, secondary, postsecondary level).

The theme for the Colloquium was “Doing Something Different in the 21st Century: Informed by What Works with Black Males in the New Global Economy,” providing a forum for education researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss international perspectives and local realities for Black males around the world. The colloquium convened on October 1-4, 2014 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Sessions included topics on school and community partnerships, college success, manhood, literacy development, role modeling and mentorship, and single-gendered schools.

“Dr. Jerlando F. L. Jackson and I were very excited that Morehouse College partnered with us to host the 3rd Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education,” says Moore. “With the recent unveiling of the Obama Administration’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper initiative, I think having the colloquium on the Morehouse campus, one of America’s premiere institutions for educating Black males, was both timely and appropriate.”

Additionally, Colloquium leadership announced the inaugural class of inductees for the Warrior Awards, given to individuals who have provided longstanding service, commitment, and leadership focused on the challenges impacting Black males in education globally.

Colloquium attendees had the opportunity to fellowship and engage scholars, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and college students from the world. Attendees also viewed Dr. Martin Luther King’s written papers, speeches, and sermons, a body of work spanning from 1944 to 1968. Additionally, they heard keynote addresses from thought leaders such as Dr. Paul Warmington, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education at University of Birmingham (UK). Ohio State staff and students who presented were: Dr. Moore, Todd Suddeth (Bell National Resource Center); Dr. David Graham (Student Athlete Support Services Office); Cametreus J. Clardy (Young Scholar Student and Weiler Scholar); and Dr. Samuel Hodge (professor in Education & Human Ecology).