As an African American male, I understand I’m a minority in education. Less than two percent of our nation’s teachers are black men, while fifteen percent of the country’s public school students are. While our most effective educators come from all backgrounds, those who share our students’ backgrounds can have a profound additional impact as mentors and role models. In our low-income communities where a majority of students are African-American and Latino, our students need to see their faces and experiences reflected in more of their teachers and leaders. I was glad to see this topic being discussed in the March 22nd piece: Race Matters for Teachers and Students.