Growing up a Black boy in America at some point you grow tired of hearing a history built on the suffering of your ancestors and imagery of their oppressors. The number one cause for Black boys failing in school is the exact same cause for them turning to a life of crime: Imagery!

10 5th grade boys from D.C. sought to change that by starting their own book club within their school. It all started when 11 year old Devon Wesley started reading “Bad Boy: A Memoir” by Walter Dean. The book was something he could relate to unlike other books presented by the school and with the help of Assistant principal Michael Redmond, a doctoral student whose focus is on the educational advancement of black boys, more kids took to the book and began reading together, now the club has 10 members whose reading aptitude have skyrocked.

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