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MBK Opening Ceremony

The 2021-2022 MBK Male Academy theme is SANKOFA, which indicates learning from the past to build for the future. This theme signifies the MBK post-covid commitment to community service, edifying scholar voices, intellectual genius, and scholarship through culturally responsive teaching and learning. Opportunities provided include high leverage field experiences, strong mentoring, leadership skills development, and an awareness and appreciation for one’s own historic and cultural contributions. 
This year we welcome David Banks, Esq., as our Keynote Speaker for the MBK Male Academy Opening Day Program. David C. Banks is the President/CEO of The Eagle Academy Foundation. He was the Founding Principal of The Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first school in a network of innovative all-boys public schools in New York City. As President he is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization, which is charged with the replication of the successful Eagle model. Since opening in 2004, the Eagle Academy network has grown to encompass a total of six schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Newark, Harlem, Staten Island and is expanding its vision nationally. David is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University. He earned his Educational Administration and Supervision certification in only one semester by attending three colleges: Brooklyn College, City College and Baruch College. Further, David Banks has also been chosen as one of seven Black Male Achievement Social Innovators nationwide by the Leadership and Sustainability Institute, for demonstrating tangible results in improving the life outcomes of African American men and boys. David Banks was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from Wheelock College. He is the author of SOAR: How Boys Learn, Succeed and Develop Character.
Hope to see you all there. Masks and social distancing required.