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Khalil Bridges passes through the hallways of Renaissance Academy High School. (Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Americans don’t see the value in educating boys of color. As a principal, I see the effects

Outcomes for young men of color will only truly change when we all have the courage to make radical change

Washington Post
Jun 28, 2016 · 6 min read

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Nikkia Rowe, principal at Renaissance Academy in West Baltimore. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)


The x will represent our child’s potential in our simulated equation. The y is our outcome, the end of the journey, the desired result. The variable g is representative of society’s complacency, k represents antiquated systems, and h is the lack of investment.

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Khahil at school.

(g) society’s complacency

(k) antiquated systems

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Khalil Bridges poses for a picture with his high school mentor, Antwon Cooper, following graduation.

(h) lack of investment

(y) outcome

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