An Interview with Douglas Butler Jr

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New Orleans native, Douglas Butler Jr., has spent the last 8+ years working tirelessly to give back to all students and families with whom he comes into contact.  Serving as both a math instructor and dance coach at L.B. Landry- O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School, Butler believes strongly in the strength and power of community and has been focused on ways to empower himself to continue to transform lives… Read More

Black Male Educator: Jerron Wishom of Abramson Sci Academy

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  Jerron Wishom is a former NFL player turned teacher and football coach with over five years of experience. While professional football has afforded him many luxuries outside of Louisiana, Jerron is grateful that football led him to become an educator. Before his sports career drew to a close, Jerron played with the New Orleans Voodoo Arena Football League team and hasn’t looked back since, deciding to make the city his home… Read More

Black Male Educators of New Orleans: An Interview with Kendall McManus-Thomas

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  With a bachelor’s degree in chemistry education and a master’s in educational Leadership, 26-year-old Kendall McManus-Thomas is a promising young educator. He teaches high school chemistry at his alma mater, Warren Easton Charter School, as a way to open doors for students and to inspire them to pursue careers in medicine and technology. For Kendall, the spark started in 2005 when as a junior in high school, he was displaced by… Read More

Black Male Educators of New Orleans: An Interview With Charlie Vaughn, Jr.

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Exhibit the likeness. Provoke imagination. Instill into minds. Establish perception. The seeds of change are planted with intention. They are nurtured, watered, and cultivated with love. Then the results are set free to flourish and plant seeds of their own. In a city with unemployment for black males at over 50 percent, according to a recent study released by the Urban League of New Orleans, black youth need positive role models in… Read More

Black Male Educators of New Orleans: An Interview with Will Horton Jr.

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Exhibit the likeness. Provoke imagination. Instill into minds. Establish perception. The seeds of change are planted with intention. They are nurtured, watered, and cultivated with love. Then the results are set free to flourish and plant seeds of their own. In a city with unemployment for black males at over 50 percent, according to a recent study released by the Urban League of New Orleans, black youth need positive role models in… Read More