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DPS Equity Affairs & We Are Kings

We Are Kings

It has been well documented that boys of color face unique challenges as they grow up.  Black and Latino males, in particular, encounter multiple educational and economic disadvantages, which contribute to them experiencing less success in school than their white and Asian peers. Additionally, they are more likely to be suspended from school for subjective reasons and pushed into the school to prison pipeline. Even boys of color who don’t face as many disadvantages frequently find themselves negatively affected by social and cultural perspectives, institutions, and systems that devalue blackness and brownness within the larger society. Understanding the larger context is essential to developing effective systems for removing barriers and supporting boys of color.

Thus, the Durham Public Schools Office of Equity Affairs created a district initiative entitled WE ARE KINGS.  WE ARE KINGS empowers boys of color to become agents and advocates for more equitable practices in their schools.  The program assists students with healthy identity development, cultural affirmation, and social justice.  Specifically, the WE ARE KINGS Boys of Color Program seeks to:

  • Decrease suspension rates and increase attendance.
  • Decrease incarceration and increase graduation rates.
  • Decrease the opportunity/achievement gap and increase literacy.
  • Empower student voice with leadership development and opportunities.

A few of the KINGS activities consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Monthly Meetings
  • King Celebrations
  • Parent/Guardian Engagement 

The Office of Equity Affairs is excited about the beginning stages of this journey to better support our boys of color across Durham.  If you would like more information about the Office or the WE ARE KINGS program, feel free to follow us on Twitter (@JermaineLPorter and @DPS_Equity) or contact Mr. Porter ( or Dr. Bullock (