Hundreds Gathered in Oakland to Celebrate the Achievements of the Bay Area’s Black Male High School Students

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Graduates hear from tech entrepreneur Frederick Hutson & #BlackLivesMatter movement leader Chinyere Tutashinda

Last night, over one hundred black males graduating from high school and community college in the Bay Area came together to be recognized and celebrated during the 6th College Bound Brotherhood graduation.

“The young men graduating now—and those who support, depend on, and look up to them—are critical to our shared future,” said Julia I. Lopez, President and CEO of College Futures Foundation. “More of our young men of color must go to and succeed in college if we are to build a vibrant, thriving California. Our foundation is proud to support the College Bound Brotherhood in helping to ensure and celebrate these students’ success.”

Attendees heard from Frederick Hutson, founder of justice tech company Pigeonly, who reminded them that the challenges and adversity they face are not defining of who you are or who you will become.  Graduates  also heard from social justice activist Chinyere Tutashinda who reminded them that social welfare of black males and the black community lies in their hands.

Organized by the Kapor Center for Social Impact, The Marcus Foster Foundation and College Futures Foundation, College Bound Brotherhood is the first network in the nation focusing explicitly on African American males and connecting them to college readiness programs and district resources.

“I’m very proud of the evolution of the College Bound Brotherhoood from its launch in 2008 to now. This robust partnership between focused nonprofits, school districts, and funders stands to be a gamechanger in the lives of our young men, and is perhaps needed now more than ever.”

Over 1000 young men of color have been recognized since the program’s inception.


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