In an interview with CNN's T.J. Holmes, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan praised the mentoring and community outreach efforts of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. as an effective tool in building the quality of education in the country.
During the interview that addressed the quality of education in the United States, Secretary Duncan highlighted the need for children to be exposed to positive influences coupled with high standards in education as a way to produce the best and brightest students in the world.
"This is why I am such a big fan of what the 100 Black Men are doing around the country," said Secretary Duncan during the interview. "When our children have the opportunity to be surrounded by adults that care passionately about them and stick with them for the long haul, they will do fantastic." In the photo is Albert Dotson, Jr., Esq., Chairman of the Board for 100 Black Men of America.
Following the interview, Secretary Duncan led a discussion on education during the 100 Black Men of America's 23rd Annual Conference titled "Education on the Frontline." Secretary Duncan highlighted federal education priorities; including the importance of early childhood education, appropriate funding for teachers and the support of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU).
The 23rd Annual Black Men of America conference was recently held June 10-14 in NYC. Community leaders, decision makers and celebrities participated in the four-day conference that included interactive workshops, thought-provoking panel discussions and various plenary sessions for more than 3,000 attendees. This year's theme, "Education on the Frontline," explored issues concerning education in the African American community during various breakout sessions and roundtable discussions in the host city where the concept for the 46-year-old organization was developed in New York.
View the interview HERE, and visit the website at www.100blackmen.org.