FELLOWSHIP AMONG BLACK MEN IN EDUCATION IS A NATURAL, TIMELESS BROTHERHOOD
SHARIF EL-MEKKI, FOUNDER/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CENTER FOR BLACK EDUCATOR DEVELOPMENT
There’s a racist, classist narrative that Black men in education defy. This damaging narrative presupposes a “get mine” ethos, particularly among individuals who are poor—which is still, too often, a stand-in for “Black” in our country since Black Americans are disproportionately poorer than any other racial group in this country.
But this “get mine” mentality can’t and doesn’t exist among Black men in education. Instead, what drives each one of us, and the collective, is a proud and sincere concern for each other’s welfare and success. Rather than “get mine,” we employ a unifying collective-responsibility mindset. Rather than “get mine,” “we lift as we climb.”