Beyond the Bricks

The Open Society Institute Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the Association of Black Foundation Executives host the NYC premiere screening of Beyond the Bricks,  a short documentary that explores solutions to the poor academic performance and low graduation rates of school-age black males in the United States.

Beyond the Bricks follows two students from Newark, New Jersey, as they struggle to improve their circumstances. The film includes interviews with educators, administrators, elected officials, and activists who offer their ideas about solutions to the crisis facing young black men.

A Q & A with an expert panel will follow a short reception and screening of the film.


  • Shawn Dove, Campaign Manager, Open Society Institute Campaign for Black Male Achievement
  • Sharon Toomer, Director of Communications, Association of Black Foundation Executives
  • Glynda Carr, Executive Director, Education Voters of New York


  • Adelaide Sanford, Former Vice Chancellor, NY Board of Regents
  • John Jackson, President, Schott Foundation for Public Education
  • Ivory Toldson, Senior Analyst, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Professor, Howard University 
  • Khary Lazarre-White, Executive Director, Brotherhood / Sister Sol
  • Shaquiel Ingram, 10th grader  (featured in film)
  • Erick Graham, recent high school graduate (featured in film)


Hip Hop Cultural Center
Magic Johnson Theatre, 2nd Floor
2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY 10030

Date: November 18, 2009
Time: 6:309:30 p.m.

New York City

Glynda Carr, Shawn Dove, Erick Graham, Shaquiel Ingram, John Jackson, Khary Lazarre-White, Adelaide Sanford, Ivory Toldson, and Sharon Toomer
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