Black Minds Matter

Hello and welcome to Black Minds Matter, a public course where we seek to raise the national consciousness about issues facing Black boys and men in education. My name is Luke Wood and I am a social scientist in the field of education. I am the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education and serve as the Director of SDSU’s Joint Doctoral Program in Education, a partnership between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University. I have the pleasure of serving as your professor for this learning experience.


The first Black Minds Matter course took place in Fall of 2017. In response to requests from a number of institutions, in Fall of 2018 we are hosting a replay broadcast of the Black Minds Matter public course. This is an opportunity to extend what was learned during the course to a broader group of participants who did not experience the live course. It is also an opportunity for those who completed the course to serve as site leaders.

The Fall 2018 Black Minds Matter replay is a free ten-part series that is open to any site (e.g., non-profit, school, college, university, library) that would like to host the sessions. During the week of October 8, 2018, there will be one live kick-off session (Monday). All subsequent sessions will be based on pre-recorded sessions from the first Black Minds series from Fall of 2017. Each session will have supplemental activities and discussion questions.

In terms of each course session, I will provide opening commentary and then introduce guest speakers and interviewees who will discuss their research on Black boys and men in education. I am blessed that many of the greatest minds in our field have agreed to talk about their work in this public forum. We will hear from thought leaders such as Patrisse Cullers, Shaun Harper, Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Tyrone Howard, Ilaysah Shabbazz, Pedro Noguera and many others.

To orient you to this course site, you will see five sections. First, I’ll call your attention to the course schedule. The schedule lists our topics for discussion and guest speakers. Second, I have listed the required readings for the class. I have provided hyperlinks to these resources if you want to access them for yourself.  Third, you will also see that we have conducted interviews with a number of key scholars whose work has been foundational and critical to this course topic.

Fourth, you will see a listing of resources that you may find helpful in guiding your efforts to support Black boys and men. If you are aware of other resources that should be shared, please let me know.

If you would like to register a site, please do so here: Registration to become a host

The following is a list of Black Minds Matter broadcast sites. This includes livestream and replay broadcast sites from 2017 and Black minds matter Replay sites that are registered for fall of 2018.

SCHEDULE – Fall 2018

WEEK 1 – 10/08/18 – Foundations of Black Male Success (LIVE)

Broadcast time – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm PST

WEEK 2 – Linking Black Lives and Black Minds (REPLAY)

  • Speaker: Ryan Smith, The Education Trust-West
  • Interviewee: S. Lee Merritt, Civil Rights Attorney
  • Speaker: Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matters

WEEK 3 – Policing and Schooling Black Minds (REPLAY)

  • Speaker: Luke Wood, San Diego State University

WEEK 4 – Foundations of Black Male Research and Practice (REPLAY)

  • Speaker: Frank Harris III, San Diego State University
  • Interviewee: Shaun R. Harper, University of Southern California

WEEK 5 –  Ascription of Intelligence (REPLAY)

  • Speaker: Fred A. Bonner II, Prairie View A&M University
  • Interviewee: Donna Ford, Vanderbilt University

WEEK 6 – Assumptions of Criminality (REPLAY)

  • Speaker: Tyrone C. Howard, University of California Los-Angeles
  • Interviewee: Pedro Noguera, University of California Los-Angeles
  • Speaker: Nesha Savage, San Diego City College

WEEK 7 – Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes (REPLAY)

  • Speaker: Terrell L. Strayhorn, DoGoodWork LLC
  • Interviewee: Kimberly A. Griffin, University of Maryland

WEEK 8 – Promising Practices for Teaching and Learning (REPLAY)

  • Speaker: Ilyasah Shabazz, Educator & Daughter of Malcom X and Dr. Betty Shabazz
  • Speaker: Chance Lewis, University of North Carolina – Charlotte
  • Interviewee: Jawanza Kunjufu, African American Images

WEEK 9 – Holistic Support for Black Male Learners (REPLAY)

  • Speaker: Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
  • Interviewee: Robert T. Palmer, Howard University
  • Speaker: Vanessa McCullers, Moms of Black Boys (MOBB) United

WEEK 10 – Advancing Black Male Policy, Support and Research (REPLAY)

  • Interviewee: Ivory Toldson, Howard University
  • Speaker: Robert Simmons, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
  • Interviewee: Jerlando F. L. Jackson, University of Wisconsin Madison

A special thank you to San Diego State University’s Instructional Technology Services for supporting the delivery of this public course.

Finally, we have listed the partners who have helped to make the public offering of this course available. Their support has been critical to advancing the Black Minds Matter projects.