Should New MCS Superintendent Be a Black Man?

Jason Miles, WMC-TV (Memphis), February 22, 2008

“Needs to be black,” he said. “Needs to be a man,” he added.

Memphis school board member Kenneth Whalum Junior never holds back.


He would prefer to see an African-American male at the helm of Memphis City Schools above anyone else.


“I think when you consider our demographics, our students, the problems we’re having with little black boys especially, there’s no doubt in my mind,” Whalum told us.


Whalum is quick to point out that a black man in the superintendent’s office is only his preference.

“And if somebody stood out as a better candidate—of course I would support that person,” said Whalum.


[Editor’s Note: A video of this story is available at the site of the original story.]

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