For Black History Month: Why African-American Male Teachers Are So Important To the Promise of Educational Opportunity for All

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most turbulent and transformative years in American history. While 2018 may seem chaotic, those old enough to remember know that 1968 found us a nation divided on many fronts. As the war in Vietnam raged on, protests at home reached a fevered pitch, and the powder keg of America’s urban centers — long ignored or forgotten — ignited following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Then, as the weary nation reeled from that tragedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, brother of the president who had been assassinated only five years earlier, was slain in Los Angeles.

Change emerged from this turmoil with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, including what became known as the Fair Housing Act — of particular importance to education…

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