A social experiment: from US inner city to rural Kenya
Africa is very hip these days. The continent has been a hot place for Western super stars – from self-appointed ambassadors to those going back to their "roots". Now it is a life changing place to African-American inner city kids.
African-American boys have a very high chance of being incarcerated or killed before they reach adulthood. In Baltimore, one of the country's most poverty-stricken cities for inner-city residents, the Baraka School project was founded to break the cycle of violence through an innovative education program that literally removed young boys from low-performing public schools and unstable home environments.
PBS is airing a documentary, The Boys of Baraka. It is about three African-American boys from Baltimore learning new life skills in rural Kenya.
Now I see that I can do stuff. I know I can do it. And I want to do it.... They know in society today that black kids can do things, but everybody's waiting for just one example to prove it and let the whole world know that it can be done. But it was sad to see what it had to take.... They had to send us to Africa.
Let the record show – we have got more stuff together in Africa than the world would like to admit.