Black Minds Matter

We are very proud to be one of the sponsors of Black Minds Matter public course, where Dr. Luke Wood, a social scientist in the field of education, his team, and well known speakers seek to raise the national consciousness about issues facing Black boys and men in education.

Introduction to Black Minds Matter

The Course will be open to the public for the first hour and a half of each week. During this hour, Dr. Wood will provide opening commentary and then introduce guest speakers and interviewees who will discuss their research on Black boys and men in education. Many of the greatest minds in his field have agreed to talk about their work in this public forum. We will hear from thought leaders such as Patrisse Cullers, Shaun Harper, Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Tyrone Howard, Ilaysah Shabbazz, Pedro Noguera and many others.


WEEK 1 – 10/23/17 – Linking Black Lives and Black Minds

Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:30pm Pacific Time

  • Speaker: Ryan Smith, The Education Trust-West
  • Interviewee: S. Lee Merritt, Civil Rights Attorney
  • Speaker: Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matters

WEEK 2 – 10/30/17- Foundations of Black Male Research and Practice

Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

  • Speaker: Frank Harris III, San Diego State University
  • Interviewee: Shaun R. Harper, University of Southern California

WEEK 3 – 11/06/17-  Ascription of Intelligence

Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

  • Speaker: Fred A. Bonner II, Prairie View A&M University
  • Interviewee: Donna Ford, Vanderbilt University

WEEK 4 – 11/13/17- Assumptions of Criminality

Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

  • Speaker: Tyrone C. Howard, University of California Los-Angeles
  • Interviewee: Pedro Noguera, University of California Los-Angeles
  • Speaker: Nesha Savage, San Diego City College

WEEK 5 – 11/20/17- Campus Climates and Non-Cognitive Outcomes

Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

  • Speaker: Terrell L. Strayhorn, DoGoodWork LLC
  • Interviewee: James L. Moore III, The Ohio State University
  • Interviewee: Kimberly A. Griffin, University of Maryland

WEEK 6 – 11/27/17- Promising Practices for Teaching and Learning

Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

  • Speaker: Ilyasah Shabazz, Educator & Daughter of Malcom X and Dr. Betty Shabazz
  • Speaker: Chance Lewis, University of North Carolina – Charlotte
  • Interviewee: Jawanza Kunjufu, African American Images

WEEK 7 – 12/04/17- Holistic Support for Black Male Learners

Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

  • Speaker: Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
  • Interviewee: Robert T. Palmer, Howard University
  • Speaker: Vanessa McCullers, Moms of Black Boys (MOBB) United

WEEK 8 – 12/11/17- Advancing Black Male Policy, Support and Research

Live Broadcast from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

  • Interviewee: Ivory Toldson, Howard University
  • Speaker: Robert Simmons, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
  • Interviewee: Jerlando F. L. Jackson, University of Wisconsin Madison

More about this course

We are proud to have Dr. Luke Wood, Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education and serve as the Director of SDSU’s Joint Doctoral Program in Education, a partnership between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University, as one the author of most of our courses. We support Black Minds Matter public course to our full potential as it is something we believe in. Know more about Black Minds Matter at On behalf of Dr. Luke Wood we request you to please feel free to join in and to post any questions or comments that you have in advance or during the talks using the hastag #blackmindsmatter.