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College Bound Students

Expanding College Opportunities

Yesterday’s post focused on talking to babies; today we are talking about what happens when these babies grow up into young adults: college opportunities. African American economist Carolyn Hoxby, a Stanford economist in residency at Stanford’s Hoover Institute, is focused on helping students expand their opportunities to attend college. She recently presented her research at […]

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Class of 2013: Social Consciousness and Global Perspective

Yesterday’s post featured Dr. Robert M. Franklin’s powerful commencement speech which encouraged graduates of an all male high school to be “renaissance men”. As noted yesterday, Franklin told the boys about the “five wells” of renaissance men: well-read, well-spoken, well-traveled, well-dressed, and well-balanced. Today GCP concludes its coverage of this inspirational speech. Dr. Franklin encouraged […]

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Class of 2013: The “Five Wells” of Renaissance Men

As June comes to a close, GCP congratulates all of the young men who are in the graduating class of 2013. Whether they are graduating from elementary, junior high, lower, middle, high school or college, these boys have worked hard and deserve praise for this important accomplishment. These transitions are important steps in their lives […]

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Tell Your Sons: Avoiding the Big Stupid Mistakes

Let me start by stating the obvious: the sexual assault of the inebriated young woman in Steubenville, Ohio by two high school athletes was a heinous act for which punishment is just and proper. This is a tragic case in which everybody lost. A young woman will be haunted by the sexual assault itself, by […]

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Teach Your Children to Vote!!

As I watch the Democratic National Convention this evening, I can’t help but think about the importance of encouraging our 18 year old sons and daughters to register to vote, and to make sure that they vote in the upcoming elections. We must make sure our children know the history of our struggles to obtain […]

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Stanford Study Confirms: Fewer Black and Hispanic Students at Elite Colleges Than There Were Decades Ago

A study recently released by Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis has found that Black and Hispanic students remain significantly underrepresented in the nation’s most selective colleges. The study, which can be found here, concludes that as recently as 2004, white students were five times as likely as Black students to enroll in selective […]

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Top Universities Offering Free Online Classes

We at GCP are keenly focused on the advances in online education, and they are coming fast and furiously. MIT and Harvard recently announced a new nonprofit partnership known as EdX which will offer free online courses from both universities. EdX, which is expected to offer its first five courses this fall, will be overseen […]

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What Works: Black Male Student Success in College

The Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, a new center at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, has released its inaugural report, “Black Male Student Success in Higher Education: A Report from the National Black Male College Achievement Study, which can be found here. Shaun R. Harper, Director of […]

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Red Tails: Take Your Boys on Opening Weekend–January 20th

Red Tails is an action film inspired by the heroic exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all African American World War II aerial combat unit. Directed by Anthony Hemingway (“The Wire”), from a screenplay by John Ridley (“Undercover Brother”) and Aaron McGruder (“The Boondocks”), the film features a powerful ensemble cast led by Oscar […]

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Opportunity for Black Men and Boys: Public Opinion, Media Depictions, and Media Consumption

The Opportunity Agenda, a non-profit organization focused on building the national will to expand opportunity in America, has just released a report examining national perceptions of African American men and boys, and the relationship of these perceptions to mass media. This extensive research project was designed to determine how to better and more effectively communicate […]

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