Forum on the decline of black males in college - - Jackson, MS

Forum on the decline of black males in college

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

How to improve enrollment of black males in higher education was the topic at a forum held at the Smith Robertson Museum in Jackson Thursday evening.  The panelists of educators and school administrators discussed the growing decline of black males in college.

In Mississippi, black males made up nearly 12% of students in public universities compared to more than 24% black females.  Approximately one in four African American males between 20 and 29 years of age are incarcerated, on probation or on parole.

"What we're trying to do is make sure that young people understand that higher education is available.  We need to make sure that we provide the proper role models for them so they can choose a life of education as oppose to the other side of the coin," said Dr. Leslie McLemore, a Jackson State University Professor.

Dr. McLemore said young people need to be mentored as early as elementary school in order to instill solid education values.

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