The Matters of Representation: Black Men Teach and Inspire Others To Do the Same

The Matters of Representation: Black Men Teach and Inspire Others To Do the Same

October 12, 2021 0

Can you recall the number of Black male teachers you had growing up? Chances are, that number is low. Luckily, one organization, in particular, has a mission to make a change. 

Meet Black Men Teach, a Minneapolis-based non-profit with a mission to recruit, prepare, retain, and place Black male teachers in elementary schools. The group started in 2018, but the need for more Black teachers has existed for a long time before then. Still, Black teachers account for only 1.4% of Minnesota’s teaching population, and we can only assume that the number of Black male teachers is even lower. 

And if you’re wondering why Black male teachers are essential in their industry, here’s why: “Within my first week of teaching, I had a student tell me that I was their favorite teacher just because I look like them,” said Markus Flynn, the new executive director of Black Men Teach, in a local interview. “For me, when I’m in front of my students, it is an opportunity to affirm their identity, to let them know that who you are is valuable.”

Black male teachers are needed now more than ever. Crucial findings from one study report that if a Black male student has at least one Black teacher before the third, fourth, or fifth grade, he’ll be less likely to drop out of school and more likely to pursue a college career. So, it’s clear that representation matters, and the Twin Cities Black Men Teach organization is set on adding to the pipeline of Black male teachers. 

Courtesy of Black Men Teach

Black Men Teach supports the growth of Black male educators by engaging their community partners and local schools and mentoring Black men to help them prepare to excel as an educator. Their ultimate goal is to create conditions where Black men thrive and have 20% of staff at 8 partner schools composed of Black male teachers. 

From recruitment to securing funds for required training to mentorships, Black Men Teach is there every step of the way to help a new generation of Black male educators succeed. To learn more about Black Men Teach, check out their website here.

BMI Staff
BMI Staff