On Tuesday, Wilmington, Delaware’s EastSide Charter School kicked off the first day of school with an event called “Suit up. Show up.” African-American men were asked to model what success looks like by dressing up professionally and greeting students on their first day of school. Three Wilmington police officers also attended.
Founded in Philadelphia, the group is dedicated to advancing the recruitment, development, and retention of black male educators throughout the region.
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photo caption: UD graduate student Garry Johnson (center), 22, leads a group of well-dressed young men to EastSide Charter School for the start of the first day of school, joining in a regional event with the Fellowship, a professional membership and activist organization dedicated to the advancement of teacher diversity. (Photo: Suchat Pederson/The News Journal)