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Cosby speaks on urban education

Bill Cosby. African American Male Leadership Institute
Bill Cosby (right) speaks to a group of students from the College of Education as Richard Rowe, co-founder of the African American Male Leadership Institute in Baltimore, looks on.
(Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg / University Photography)

Bill Cosby spoke to students from the College of Education during a panel discussion on educating children in urban areas held Sept. 12 in McGonigle Hall.

Cosby, African American Male Leadership Institute co-founders Richard Rowe and Earl El-Amin, and Education Dean C. Kent McGuire participated in the discussion, which was preceded by a screening of the PBS documentary “The Boys of Baraka.”

Cosby presented the film, which tells the story of a group of young, at-risk, black boys from Baltimore who are sent to a school in Kenya as a way of helping them academically and socially, to the education students as a way to help them realize the important work they’ll do as teachers.

“I wanted to show you what you would be facing as a teacher in a public school,” Cosby said.

“As a teacher, you’ll have to look at these children and realize that they all have potential. You’ll have to find a way to help them reach their goals.” 

The film was broadcast on WHYY-TV12 on Tuesday night as part of PBS’s P.O.V. documentary series and will re-air on Friday, Sept. 22 at 11 p.m.

Denise Clay




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