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A Call to Action to Improve Educational Outcomes for Black and Brown Children

Join us for an exclusive Mocha Moms webinar.

In support of the Mocha Moms, Inc. Occupy Schools initiative, please join us for an exclusive webinar with the makers of the groundbreaking documentary America's Promise and the authors of its follow-up, solutions-filled book Promises Kept. This will be a unique opportunity for us to come together to help improve educational outcomes for black and brown children

Please register for the webinar which will be held on Tuesday, April 22 at 9pm EST by clicking on our new registration link HERE. Once you register on the website, click on the confirmation link.  Then be sure to click the "Remind Me" button to actually RSVP for the webinar. If you have already registered, you don't need to do it again.

It's no secret our schools are failing our black and brown children.  It has already been proven that African-American and Latino high school students face harsher punishment than their white counterparts.  However, new studies reveal that even our preschoolers are falling victim to this sad fact. While black children make up only 18-percent of pre-school enrollment, almost half of all pre-schoolers who are suspended more than once are black.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights compiled data from every one of the country's 97,000 public schools and found a pattern of inequality when it comes to discipline as well as academics. The New York Times reported the findings and here are just a few of them:
  • Black students are suspended and expelled three times more frequently than white students.
  • A quarter of high schools with the highest percentage of black and Latino students don't offer Algebra II and a third of them don't offer Chemistry.
  • Black students are more than four times as likely to attend a school where one out of five teachers fail to meet all of the state's standards. Latino students are twice as likely.
And if you think being a middle-class or upper-middle class African-American makes you or your children immune from this problem, think again. As filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson showed us in their groundbreaking documentary, American Promise, even middle and upper-middle class families face these same serious issues.  Please click HERE to view scenes from American Promise.

So what can we do? Join us for the Mocha Moms, Inc. Occupy Schools - Promises Kept webinar on Tuesday, April 22 at 9:00 pm.   

Mocha Moms, Inc. launched the Occupy Schools™ initiative last fall to address these inequities. The Occupy Schools™ initiative is an effort to change not just our children's academic realities but also to change the perception of our children and our families. We want parents of color to become more visible in our children's schools and to be more involved in our children's homework and in the preparation for their tests.  We are asking parents of color to turn off the TV and to ban the use of electronics that are not directly related to academics during the week so that the entire family's attention can be given to educational pursuits during the school year.   Please click HERE to take a minute to read and sign the Occupy Schools™ Pledge to learn more.

Mocha Moms, Inc. is proud to have partnered with the makers of the film, American Promise  in support of their book Promises Kept - Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life.  The book is an unprecedented guide to helping black children achieve success at every stage of their lives-at home, at school, and in the world.  Filled with innovative research, practical strategies, and the voices of parents and children who are grappling with these issues firsthand, Promises Kept will challenge your assumptions and inspire you to make sure your child isn't lost in the gap. 

Mocha Moms, Inc. invites you to join us for an exclusive webinar with the authors of Promises Kept, filmmakers Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster, on Tuesday, April 22 at 9:00pm EST for an in-depth discussion of their book.  


To purchase the book, Promises Kept, prior to the webinar, log onto www.smile.amazon.com using your amazon login. Once you're on, you'll have an option to choose a charity. In the pull-down menu, choose Mocha Moms. Then you're ready to shop as usual.

Sixty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court dispelled the myth of "separate but equal" with the Brown vs Board of Education decision.  However, our children still face dire inequalities in education.  Please join us in the fight for change.  Start with registering for our Promises Kept webinar on April 22 HERE.




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