Interview with the Head of the New Office of African-American Male Achievement
By Christopher Johnson, The Oakbook
Oakland’s young black men are in trouble. They make up a disproportionately large number of youths in the criminal justice system. At the same time, when it comes to attendance, literacy, math scores and other achievement indicators, black boys in Oakland Unified Schools are coming in last. To begin tackling some of these tremendous challenges, OUSD recently created the Office of African-American Male Achievement. Christopher Chatmon, a 42-year-old professional teacher and education chairman for 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, is the executive director. He spoke with The OakBook contributor Christopher Johnson about how his experiences as a young man shaped his dedication to the OAAMA, and what he hopes to accomplish over the next several years.
Click on the above link for the audio interview.