According to the Schott Foundation for Public Education , Detroit has one of the lowest high school graduation rates for African-America boys.
Only 47% get their diploma.
A special town hall meeting is being held Saturday to address the issue.
It’s being put on by the people behind the documentary “Beyond the Bricks” . The film follows African-American students Shaquiel Ingram and Erick Graham as they struggle to stay on the track in the Newark, NJ public school system. Weaved into the boys’ stories is commentary from some of the country’s foremost leaders, experts and scholars focused on black boys and their education including Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Reverend Al Sharpton and Schott Foundation President Dr. John Jackson. Though the film focuses primarily on students from Newark, NJ, the issues addressed there extend to cities throughout the nation.
The event is being held at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. The program begins at 11 a.m. It will include a screening of “Beyond the Bricks”.