15th Annual Gathering of Leaders

May 26 and May 27, 2021
4-6pm ET

Sankofa Rising!
The Journey from a Moment to a Movement

Sankofa Rising! The Journey from a Moment to a Movement 

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Sankofa is the word in the Akan and Fante languages of Ghana which means “go back and get what is at risk of being left behind.” COSEBOC uses this concept of learning from the past to inform the future in many of its youth courses, like Young Men’s Passage, our coming-of-age program. This meaning also bears truth for COSEBOC's 15th Annual Gathering.

The theme, Sankofa Rising! The Journey from a Moment to a Movement will provide a forum for friends and supporters of COSEBOC to join with us in looking over our history, in meditating on what has passed, and in informing our future purpose through that lens. This, in turn, will support our mission to affirm and inspire all who are dedicated to the success of boys and young men of color.

We hope you will join us! Please register today.

For more info, please contact Christine McDermott, cmcdermott@coseboc.org or 617-327-3378.

The Moment
Wednesday May 26th | 4pm to 6pm ET
Hosted by MeShelle - the “Indie Mom of Comedy”

The first COSEBOC Gathering of LeadersA look back at our founding and the moments that sparked our commitment to the education of boys and young men of color. 

COSEBOC: The Spark  | Panel Discussion
Join us as we talk with some of the individuals who helped “spark” COSEBOC. These illustrious professionals were participants in our first gathering of leaders, made some of the first significant investments in us, and were there for the founding moments of COSEBOC. Featuring David Banks, Shawn Dove, Jackie Jenkins-Scott, Larry Leverett, Rosa Smith, Ron Walker and in memory of Benjamin Wright; Moderated by Dr. Deidre R. Farmby

Up Close & Personal: Dr. Edmund Gordon
Join us for a riveting discussion with one our very first speakers, forthcoming centenarian and mentee of W.E.B. Dubois, Dr. Edmund Gordon. Dr Gordon is John M. Musser Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Yale University, Richard March Hoe Professor, and Emeritus of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Gordon will discuss his spark, as well as present a charge for COSEBOC’s future. 


The Movement
Thursday May 27th | 4pm to 6pm ET
Hosted by Ajani Peterson & Romero Wesson

Building on Day 1, this day will uplift youth voices that help us envision rich and vibrant learning experiences for the future.

Ajani Peterson & Romero Wesson

Youth Emcees
Spend the day with our youth emcees Ajani Peterson of The Eagle Academy for Young Men and Romero Wesson of the Kingmakers of Oakland as they host a session focusing on building and envisioning futures for boys and young men of color.

Youth Cypher | Artistic Expression
Come vibe with Timothy Jones as he curates a group of youth emcees presenting their original responses to current hip-hop work developed during the global pandemic. Bring your pen, paper, and bars to this dynamic cypher and be ready to express yourself.

During this year's Gathering, you'll hear messages from special guests like: Gloria Ladson-Billings, pedagogical theorist and Professor Emerita at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Alfred Tatum, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Metropolitan State University of Denver; Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy at Georgia State University; and Dr. Karen Mapp, Senior Lecturer on Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

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These are only a few of the talented names that will grace the COSEBOC stage in just a few weeks. Join them and others at this exciting event happening Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27 from 4pm-6pm ET. If you haven’t already, be sure to register using the link below and stay tuned for more updates. 

Announcement from Ron Walker

On May 26 and 27, 2021, the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color will celebrate a significant moment in our history. This year is the 15th anniversary of our signature Gathering of Leaders. Now is a perfect time to reflect on our passage and progress over the years and on how our achievements can affect the future from now on.

COSEBOC was officially born in 2006. Our first convening at Wheelock College hosted 50 men and women committed to the idea that every Black male student possessed genius. Later, we expanded our reach to fulfill the spirit and intent of our name, the education of boys and young men of color. Over the years, there have been many noteworthy moments in the life of COSEBOC, but our fundamental mission to disrupt the narrative of negativity which hovers over boys and young men of color is an imperative that has remained unchanged. 

There is much more to the COSEBOC story, including the names of key individuals and organizations that were by our side as we began to chart our national course. On May 26 and 27, you will see the faces and hear the voices of several of the national experts and trailblazers who took centerstage over the years at the COSEBOC Gathering. Without them, we would not be here to serve. 

Although the 15th Anniversary of the Gathering of Leaders is in virtual format because of the ongoing pandemic, its theme, Sankofa Rising! The Journey from a Moment to a Movement, will still provide those who attend the opportunity and the space to look back in the spirit of Sankofa. You will have time to revisit the moments that led to the movement; these memories will become the lens through which we look forward to plan a future that is filled with spaces which create rich and vibrant learning experiences for boys and young men of color.

See you virtually on May 26 and 27, 2021.

Ronald Walker, Executive Director 

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