According to The Providence Journal, “Osiris Harrell, an outspoken activist at School Board meetings, has organized a new group of black fathers who are determined to change how their children are treated in the school system so that their stories are of success, not failure.”
The Providence Journal continues:
A half-dozen men have now come together under the name Project Future for 2010 and Beyond. The group includes Ray Watson (who is white), David Haller and Dewayne Boo Hackney.
Harrell has met twice with Schools Supt. Tom Brady, who, he said, has not only promised to meet regularly with the group but asked for their suggestions for a new district-wide social-studies curriculum.
“It was a very fruitful meeting,” Harrell says of the first face-to-face with Brady. “He recognizes that there is a dilemma.”
The district talks a lot about increasing parental involvement, and Brady sees Project Future as a great opportunity to involve fathers in conversations about their children’s education.
“Here we have a group of concerned parents who really care about African-American students and African-American males in particular,” Brady says, “That’s a group of adults we have to listen to and reach out to.”