“Manhood Development helped me choose my long-term goals and make them bigger
and better than they were before.”
To uncover the seeds of courage and determination that spurred a school district to make an unprecedented commitment to the
education of African American male students. We invite you to step into the light of The Black Sonrise.
In 2011, the Office of African American Male Achievement piloted the Manhood Development Program, an elective course offered during the school day, taught by African American males for African American males. Today, the Manhood Development Program is offered at 17 school sites and the program is making great strides in engaging, encouraging, and empowering African American male students.
The Black Sonrise was funded by Open Society Foundations, The Institute for Black Male Achievement (IBMA), and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and was led byVajra Watson Ed.D., Director of Research and Policy for Equity at the University of California, Davis.
Nondiscrimination Policy: OUSD prohibits unlawful discrimination against any protected group as identified under Education Code 200 and 220 and Government Code 11135, and Title IX, including actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any District program or activity that received or benefits from state financial assistance, including athletic programs. Complaint forms are available at school sites and at the Office of the Ombudsperson, located at 1000 Broadway, Suite 680, Oakland, California 94607. For further information, call 510-879-4281. BOARD POLICY 0410, 51