For over 120 years, the country’s first Black fraternity have molded young men into leaders. The Cleveland chapter is continuing that tradition with an initiative that is mentoring the next generation.
“Being African American living in my community and the life choices, lifestyle I was living it was acceptable for me to see prison in my future,” Charles Jackson said. “When I was locked up in prison and then I saw a whole different side of what life is because I was in prison for something I didn’t do.”
”My message is clear: to provide a diverse opportunity for all students. Only 2% of teachers are Black males but it’s more than that. It’s women in S.T.E.M., it’s men in their primary years. I want to make sure that an African-American history class and a race, gender and oppression class become normalized and not different,” said Kurt Russell.
Chief People and Inclusion Officers with the NBA said the social movements from the past few years mean teams can no longer remain isolated: “It’s forced us all to come to terms with what’s happening in the world around us.”