America’s history, democracy, economy and social infrastructure are undeniably stronger today because of the contributions of Black males past and present, in their roles as fathers, husbands and sons to philanthropists and veterans. There are over two million Black males in the U.S. with a college degree, many of whom have made significant contributions in business, science, education and the arts. There should never be a lack of clarity about the contributions that Black males have made to our country and communities. Yet in the face of these contributions, there still remain systemic challenges that create outcomes far below those we should desire for any person.
Over the past months following the tragic deaths of several Black males across the country, advocates from across the globe and all walks of life have come together to remind Americans that “Black Lives Matter.” This has been inspirational and reaffirming, yet it also calls to question whether states and communities are willing to address the issues that declaratively make Black lives matter while they are living, or will we only affirm that after they die?
Black Lives Matter, this fifth edition of the Schott 50-State Report on Public Education and Black Males, highlights many of the systemic opportunities and challenges that exist in states and localities relative to creating the climate where outcomes indicate all lives matter. Black Lives Matter provides a national overview of the state of Black and Latino male students, a state-level analysis highlighting high-performing and low-performing states, and a local analysis of school districts with more than 10,000 Black males enrolled. These school districts warrant particular attention since they are charged with the education of over 1.2 million Black male students (approximately 30% of the total Black male student population) and 1.1 million Latino male students (approximately 18% of the total Latino male student population).