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The FAIR School is a partner school with the Office of Black Student Achievement where our young African-American men are able to be a part of the B.L.A.C.K. (Building Lives and Acquiring Cultural Knowledge) class. The Office of Black Male Student Achievement was created to specifically address the needs of the largest demographic group within MPS. It represents an equitable approach to tackling the challenges that exist for the school district's black male students. The office seeks to engage students, families, teachers and community members in authentic and innovative ways, including:

  • Professional development
  • Authentic engagement with families and communities
  • Direct service with our Kings
  • Transition of recent graduates to interns

To learn more about our Kings at The FAIR School, please contact Isaya Kibira at Isaya.Kibira@mpls.k12.mn.us

Below is the abstract for the B.L.A.C.K. (Building Lives and Acquiring Cultural Knowledge) class:

PDF abstract outlining the basics of the B.L.A.C.K. class   --  The curriculum introduces students to the complexity of the black male experience by exploring the lived reality of black men in the United States. Ranging historically-far and thematically-wide, these courses will expose students to the experience of black male labor force participation and employment outcomes; deconstruct representations of black masculinity in popular culture; explore academic dilemmas associated with primary and secondary educational pursuits; and uncover issues connected with law, incarceration, and criminal justice. In addition, part of the curriculum will examine the relationship complexities involving black men and black women by looking closely at the African- American role in traditional and non-traditional family structures. Along with historical and sociological content, these courses will address the issue of character development and black male leadership. Thus, the courses seek to address the most central of questions: Who are black men and what is the black male experience, given the growing diversity of black maleness in Minnesota, the United States and the Diaspora? At the center of the curriculum is not only what other people have said about the black male historical and contemporary experience, but also how black men have imagined and constructed their own experience over time. Unit Questions for the course 1. Who am I? 2. Who are we? 3. What is our current state? 4. Where am I going and how do I get there? 5. Once I’m there, how do I stay and or advance? BIG IDEAS of the course - Knowledge of Self - Empowerment/Activism - Student Engagement/Character Development  Self-Identity