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Ron Walker's Book, Solomon's Plan, Available for Purchase

After many years of thinking about writing a book to share a story about the power of hope, resilience and family, I finally did it. With the generous and consistent support of the American Reading Company, the book, is a reality.

It is written in honor of my father, Solomon Walker. Solomon Walker, born in 1915 in Gaffney, South Carolina, never went to school, lost both parents at a young age and with determination made his way to Philadelphia at the age of 19 to begin a new life. The book is for students from middle...

James Baldwin

by Ron Walker
June 15, 2020

“The children of the despised and rejected are menaced from the moment they stir in the womb.”

I open my written thoughts purposefully with this quote from the great American writer and poet, James Baldwin. Why are the children of the despised and rejected so menaced?

My name is Ronald Elmore Walker. I am honored to be the Executive Director of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color. I have been moved to write because of the gruesome and traumatic video that was the public lynching of George Floyd....

George Floyd and the Countless Others we Memorialize Today

by Ron Walker
June 9, 2020

Another name has been added to the roll of black women and men murdered by unchecked police violence. His name is George Floyd. George’s first name joins Emmett, Trayvon, Eric, Michael, Laquan, Tamir, Walter, Freddie, Sandra, Philando, Botham, Breonna, Ahmaud, and others whose names we do not know lost to the persistent and insidious dehumanization that is embedded within the fiber of America.

Before our very eyes, we are witnessing the decay of civil society. The façade of liberty and justice for all that has been the foundational rock of this...

This year, the theme for the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) 14th Annual Gathering of Leaders, Boys and Young Men of Color: Learning from the Footprints of the Past; Taking Footsteps to the Future, has surely made an impact on me. As we approach this year's Gathering in Seattle, I have been thinking about two of my former students, Wendell Holiday and Kevin Johnson. These young black males were 7th and 9th grade students of mine during my early years as a teacher in Philadelphia.

Wendell Holiday was a very intelligent student who had...

Delores Gwendolyn Walker graduates from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High in Weirton, West Virginia, 1941

The year 2020 has been designated as the Year of the Mother. The official launch, January 20, 2020, coincided with the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I think this declaration is worthy of our attention. COSEBOC is an organization fully devoted to the affirmative social, emotional, cultural, and academic development of boys and young men of color.

When I think about the genesis of COSEBOC and my career as a public-school educator and social justice activist, it is clear that all that I have achieved was influenced by my mother, Delores...

Free Video Teleconference with King Romero Wesson

COSEBOC is proud to announce King Romero Wesson as speaker in our 2019-20 educational teleconference series, Conversations with Deep Thinkers. The goal of this series is to create, deepen and strengthen the capacity of educators and advocates dedicated to the affirmative development of boys and young men of color. This free, online conversation will take place on February 18, 2020.

Conversations with Deep Thinkers is a powerful forum for learning and inquiry. In these one-hour teleconference calls, Ron Walker engages prominent...

Video-Teleconference: Ariel Jimenez Bustos and Martin Miranda

On Tuesday, January 4, 2020 at 4pm EST, COSEBOC is proud to announce Ariel Jimenez Bustos, Coordinator for the National Compadres Network’s Joven Noble Youth Academy, as our 4th speaker in our 2020 educational teleconference series, Conversations with Deep Thinkers. Ariel will be joined by Martin Miranda, a Joven Noble Youth Academy participant.

Conversations with Deep Thinkers is a powerful forum for learning and inquiry. In these one-hour teleconference calls, Ron Walker engages prominent leaders in an inquiry...

Announcement: Fall release of the 4th edition of COSEBOC Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color

Dear Educator and Advocate,

COSEBOC is pleased to announce the release this fall of the 4th edition of our highly acclaimed document, Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color. In an era of high stakes testing and the Common Core State Standards, reaching expectations is important for all students. For educators of boys and young men of color, the COSEBOC Standards serve as the Uncommon Core that allows these educators to attend to the distinctive, unique and discernable academic and cultural needs and assets of diverse...

Video-Teleconference: Hector Calderón, Feb 4, 2020

On Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 4pm EST, COSEBOC is proud to announce Hector Calderón as our February speaker in our 2019-20 educational teleconference series, Conversations with Deep Thinkers. The goal of this series is to create, deepen and strengthen the capacity of educators and advocates dedicated to the affirmative development of boys and young men of color.

Conversations with Deep Thinkers is a powerful forum for learning and inquiry. In these one-hour teleconference calls, Ron Walker engages prominent...

Free Video Teleconference with Ivan Jackson

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 4pm EST, COSEBOC is proud to announce Ivan Jackson as our 2nd speaker in our 2019-20 educational teleconference series, Conversations with Deep Thinkers. The goal of this series is to create, deepen and strengthen the capacity of educators and advocates dedicated to the affirmative development of boys and young men of color.

Conversations with Deep Thinkers is a powerful forum for learning and inquiry. In these one-hour teleconference calls, Ron Walker engages prominent leaders in...

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