On ‘Radio Times’: Encouraging more young black men to attend college

 Students at Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School are shown in 2013. (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)

Students at Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School are shown in 2013. (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)

The Philadelphia City Council’s education committee will hold a public hearing next week to analyze what the city’s schools need to do to prepare young African American men for college.

“Radio Times” guests David Hardy, founder and CEO of Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School, and William Hayes, principal of Mastery-East Camden Middle School in Camden and founding member of The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice, shared their experiences working with black male students to develop the skills that enable them to succeed in college and beyond.

“Our school is 99 percent black boys,” Hardy said. “So the valedictorian is a black boy. Everybody on the National Honor Society are black boys.”     

This reality is different for Hayes’ students. In this clip, Hayes says it wasn’t until he went to Morehouse College when he saw a diversity of young black men who were valedictorians, spoke several languages, and traveled the world. 

Listen to Thursday’s full hour of Radio Times.

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