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This educator wants to get more Black male teachers in Philly

We need more Black male teachers. January 3, 2017 Category: PurposeShort
There aren’t enough Black male teachers in Philadelphia — just two percent, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

That’s why Philly educator Sharif El-Mekki and 16 of his fellow Black men have launched a fellowship called Black Male Educators for Social Justice, with a mission to triple the number of Black educators in Philly by 2025.

El-Mekki founded the group in 2014 and, according to the Inquirer, has grown the organization to 50 paid members. The goal, El-Mekki told the paper, is to convene Black male teachers, attract more Black male teachers to Philadelphia and influence education policy.

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We asked leaders of color to define “social change” this past fall. Black Male Educators for Social Justice fits those definitions perfectly.

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