Black Male Educators Have A Formula For Boosting Their Numbers


Darryl Diggs Jr. only had two African American male educators in his school years.

He met the first one, a physical education teacher, in grade school — and then another, a physiology teacher, in high school. At college, he only had one black male professor.

Today, Diggs, 37, finds himself in a similar position. An assistant principal at Parkway South High School for eight years, he’s the only black administrator in his district.

“I didn’t really realize it until I was invited to go speak to some elementary school kids, and it dawned on me that these young kids would not have a person of color — specifically a male person of color — to be their teacher, even after they have graduated through their normal track from elementary, middle to high school,” Diggs said. Check out the full story.

By Andrea Henderson, St. Louis Public Radio

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