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Conference On Low Graduation and High Incarceration Rates of Black Youth

Racine---The low graduation and high incarceration rates of black men and boys in Racine—and throughout the state—are sparking a day-long conference in Racine next month.

“Black Boys: An Endangered Species” is being organized by two Racine natives who recently formed a side consulting business.

Arletta Frazier-Tucker and Kimberly Payne spoke on this past weekend’s Education Matters program.

Frazier-Tucker said the anticipated up-shot of the conference will be a community-wide action plan. She says at least part of the plan will need to address family life. "We have to get into some level of working with the families in order to be able to change the mindsets of kids to think bigger about their future," she said. 

The conference will be held Friday, November 17th on Gateway Technical College’s Racine campus. One of the top speakers will be Shaka Senghor, the author of the New York Times best-seller, “Righting My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison.”

More on the conference is available online at