From Black Voices — Spike Lee has always been an activist in his own way. Whether he is chronicling our history in films like ‘Malcolm X,’ or speaking out about our omission from history in public debates with fellow film icon Clint Eastwood, Lee always has something to say about the black experience and how to make it better. Now Spike has a new message, and is using his platform to ask more African American men to become teachers:
Filmmaker Spike Lee joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan in issuing a call Monday for more black men to become teachers, making their plea at the country’s only all-male historically black college.
The two took part in a town hall meeting at Atlanta’s private Morehouse College just a week after President Barack Obama urged more people nationwide to become teachers.
Duncan told an audience that more than 1 million educators are expected to retire in the coming decade and that federal officials are hoping to harness that opportunity to create a more diverse teaching work force, noting that less than 2 percent of the nation’s 3 million teachers are black men.
“Everybody can’t be a business major,” Lee told the auditorium packed with male high school and college students. “We have to educate ourselves. We have to educate our young black men.”