Finding Their Crowns: Oakland Organization Helps Young Black Men See Road To Success

Chris Chatmon has spent most of his life working in, and learning about, America’s education system. He has years of experience as a teacher, counselor, and administrator. He has a Master’s degree in Education from an Ivy League school.

Still, everything Chatmon needed to know about how poorly schools treat Black and brown boys he learned firsthand in elementary school.

“The unfortunate experience I had in public school is one nested in trauma,” Chatmon said.

Chatmon said his spirited, talkative nature as a child was seen by his teachers as something to be fixed, not nurtured. He said he was regularly paddled and, in third

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