The Inaugural Black Men Teach Summit: Celebrating The Half Percent

The Inaugural Black Men Teach Summit: Celebrating The Half Percent

November 10, 2022 0

Earlier this month at the Essence Event Center, Black Men Teach Twin Cities curated, an impactful 2-day event of programming, showcasing and celebrating the importance of black male educators. This conference was built on creating deeper relationships, and inspiring more black men to become educators. The theme “Half percent”, calls attention to the number of black educators:

“There are 63,436 active teachers in the state of Minnesota, with roughly 220 Black Male educators. Now, 220 out of 63,436 is less than half of 1%. If we had to break down what this conference is about and describe it in one word, it’s “Brotherhood”. 

Markus Flynn, Executive Director, Black Men Teach Twin Cities

This day, and a half summit of fellowship, conversation and brotherhood brought together 100 black male educators. Allowing men to Netwerk, and connect with other black men from all sectors of education. The summit included welcome remarks, dinner and a two hour session, highlighting their Fellowship program

This Fellowship program is a multi-year commitment for men aspiring to become elementary school teachers. Black Men Teach is looking to support men throughout their training, during their student teaching internship, and into their careers. This Fellowship offers a variety of benefits such as up to $20k in scholarships, loan forgiveness or retention bonuses, mentorship, stipend during their student teaching academic support, licensure support and most importantly, a brotherhood within a community of prospective Black male educators. 

During the second day, four invigorating workshops were curated, highlighting black men in the education sector, representation and education within the black community.

In addition to this insightful summit, Black Men Teach Twin Cities, recently partnered with Kenan Thompson & Walmart to celebrate Back to School Season and discuss the importance of representation. 

We look forward to seeing the rise and growth of more black male educators. 

Learn more about Black Men Teach Twin Cities

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