Black Minds Matter 

A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education

Mondays | October 30 - November 20 | 7-9pm

Looking for a way to engage in a meaningful conversation about race? Join us for 4 weeks of learning and discussion. Black Minds Matter is a course developed at San Diego State University designed to increase the national consciousness about issues facing black boys and men in education. The course draws parallels between issues faced by black males in society and the ways that black minds are engaged in the classroom.


Listen to Talk Louisiana with Jim Engster as program facilitator, Charity Parsons, and Dr. Lisa Delpit, Southern University professor, discuss the Black Minds Matter program and how young black men are affected by the education system.

WEEK 1 – 10/30/17

Viewing of Documentary:

Finding the Gold Within


We will begin by watching a documentary by Karina Epperlein, Finding the Gold Within, which provides a rare and intimate look into the lives of 6 young black men - each of them determined to disprove society's stereotypes and low expectations. Then for the next 3 weeks, we will take part in a series of online classes:

Black Minds Matter

WEEK 2 – 11/6/17

Linking Black Lives & Black Minds

    • Speaker: Ryan Smith, The Education Trust-West
    • Speaker: Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter

WEEK 3 – 11/13/17

Foundations of Black Male 

    • Research &  Practice
    • Speaker: Frank Harris III, San Diego State University

WEEK 4 – 11/20/17

Ascription of Intelligence

    • Speaker: Fred A. Bonner II, Prairie View A&M University



Facilitated by Charity Moran Parsons, a teacher, K-12 coach, and founder of, who has 10 years of experience in education.