Spike Lee Calls For More Black Teachers

February 1, 2011  |  

by Christopher Kendalls

I was inspired to hear the news about Spike Lee working with the Education Secretary in calling for more Black Men to become teachers. Drawing from his own experiences,  Spike Lee said that two of the most influential Black men in his life were professors that helped him through high school.  Spike Lee has also attended Morehouse College, and if anyone can show young Black men the merits of pursuing an education he can, as his education gave him a fresh perspective that he brings into film-making he might not have had otherwise.

This is also a great way for Spike Lee to continue with the call for being conscientious that began with his films in the eighties and nineties.  I do agree that we should be more involved in the educational process.  When I attended private schools and parochial schools as a youth there were few Black teachers.  Out of all of teachers I had known during those years I can only think of a single Black teacher ; a woman who made an impression on me.

When you think of an African-American with a degree , who comes to mind?  Perhaps you know someone who is a lawyer, a doctor, someone with a political science degree or even a social worker?  To be fair, many Black professionals come out their field and teach at colleges and universities later on in their career.  But the idea of actively pursuing a career in education is not the first thing that comes to mind.  We know what can happen when a Black man gives back to his community and inspires and mentors our youth.  The strong Black men we see in the community that have went down the wrong path and have turned their lives around are great, but we want to see more Black men whose sole intention in life is to give back.

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