African American Graduation Rates at Center of Conversation
To predict future generations' success, some say you can look at high school graduation rates. Many African American leaders are alarmed by the numbers they see. The low graduation rate among young African American men was at the center of conversation at a state meeting of a prominent black fraternity in Gainesville Thursday. According to one report, there is a huge gap between white and black male graduation rates in the state. 57 percent of white males graduate compared to 37 percent of black males. Community leaders say those numbers are unacceptable.
"People have been talking about this issue one on one, in different cubbyholes, over some coffee, after watching a show on television. It's now time for us to do something," said program director Michael Bowie.
Educators, legislators, and others at the event said there needs to be a strong presence of positive role models in schools if things are going to change. To see more on this report, watch the video to you right.
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