Remembering Mamie and Emmett Till
The new movie Till opened in theaters last weekend. The film depicts the heartbreaking true story of educator and activist Mamie Till, fueled by the death of her son, Emmett Till – a 14-year-old black boy who was tortured and murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of offending a white woman. Watch the trailer.
“If it were not for the bravery of Mamie Till and her declaration that she wanted the world to see what they did to her son, the death of Emmett Till would have easily been lost in time, just another death of a criminalized Black boy.”
– Ron Walker
In a new blog post, COSEBOC Executive Director Ron Walker recalls hearing about the tragedy when he was just nine years old, and reflects on the lasting impact of Mamie and Emmett Till in the civil rights movement.
Teaching Resources: C-SPAN Classroom has developed lesson plans about Emmett Till for students in middle school, high school, and college.
Upcoming Events

Conversation with Gloria Ladson-Billings
FREE! Join us for our upcoming Conversation with Thought Leaders as we engage with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, scholar of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Critical Race Theory, and Hip Hop Pedagogies.
Monday, November 14, 2022
4:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm PT
In this video, our fearless friend and educational warrior describes strategies to address inequity and segregation in education. 
“Every time Gloria Ladson-Billings talks about culturally relevant teaching, people in the audience say, ‘Well, that's just good teaching.’ She says, ‘Exactly! What our kids need is good teaching. What they need is academic excellence.’ The question we should ask is, why isn't that consistently available to boys of color?”
– Dr. Pedro Noguera
from Conversations with Thought Leaders,October 2022
Year-End Giving
Tuesday, November 29 is Giving Tuesday, an opportunity to support nonprofit organizations working to strengthen our communities and support those in need. As we begin this holiday season, COSEBOC is launching our Year-End Giving Campaign. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to COSEBOC to support our mission of promoting the educational success of boys and young men of color. Your gift will help us to sustain and expand our work into the future. Working together, we can help more boys and young men of color in our communities become educated, liberated, and empowered.
Next month
Conversation with Thought Leaders: Shane Safir and Jamila Dugan
Co-authors of Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy
Thursday, December 1, 2022
4 pm ET / 1 pm PT
COSEBOC Professional Development
New Course: D.R.U.M. (Discovering Rituals, Understanding Manhood)
We are proud to launch a new professional development offering to teams of educators from middle and high schools. D.R.U.M. is a researched-based framework and program designed to raise rates of attendance, graduation, and post-secondary college/career success among male middle and high school students of color.

Grounded in African/Indigenous rituals, manhood development, and hip-hop pedagogy, this 14-hour virtual course prepares adults to facilitate the program in schools and communities. The course instructors are two experienced educational leaders, one with expertise in Hip Hop Pedagogy and the other in Rites of Passage programs.
COSEBOC | Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color
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Cambridge, MA 02142