A graduate cries during a prayer during the 2014 graduation ceremonies at Howard University in Washington May 10, 2014. Entertainer Sean Combs delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree in Humanities during the ceremony. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY) - RTR3OKQ8
Nigel Roberts writes at NewsOne that the country’s historically Black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, play a significant role in recruiting and training Black educators. “The Education Department said HBCUs are training a “significant percentage” of the nation’s Black educators. They train just 2 percent of the nation’s teachers overall but 16 percent of African-American teaching candidates,” Roberts writes.

From NewsOne:

The African-American community has a long and impressive history of producing skilled educators. Even during the dark years of slavery, Black people overcame numerous obstacles to earn college degrees and dedicated their lives to educating Black children.

NewsOne recently celebrated that legacy by highlighting the accomplishments of 10 Black educators.

At this critical moment, there’s a shortage of Black teachers who are prepared to teach effectively in urban schools.

A 2016 U.S. Department of Education report, titled The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce, said 18 percent of educators are people of color at a time when students of color are a majority in public schools. Black males represent just 2 percent of the teacher workforce.

Head over to NewsOne to read more.