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MBK to Present Graduating Seniors with Stoles

Nearly 80 graduating Fort Worth ISD seniors in the “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) program are expected to participate in the 2019 MBK Graduation Stole Draping Ceremony, Wednesday, May 22 at TCU. This marks the largest MBK graduating class to date.

Seventy-eight young men, who completed at least 60 percent of their MBK chapter meetings, the FAFSA and Apply Texas applications, will have a stole draped around their shoulders to symbolize cultural pride and personal academic accomplishment at the program. The students are encouraged to wear the stoles at their high school graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks.

The 6 p.m. ceremony, being hosted at Texas Christian University’s Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors Center, will include remarks from Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and FWISD Board of Education Trustees Jacinto “Cinto” Ramos Jr. and Quinton “Q” Phillips.

This is the second year MBK participants have received stoles to celebrate their accomplishments and completion of the program. Students identifying as African American will receive a stole of Kente material, which origins date back 300 years to the African nation of Ghana. Students identifying as Latinx receive Serape stoles, which are generally colorful wool shawls or blankets worn by men of Latin descent.

More than 60 young men were presented with stoles before an audience of 100 parents and guests at FWISD’s inaugural MBK Graduation Stole Draping Ceremony in 2018.

Launched in 2014, MBK is a national initiative addressing persistent opportunity gaps boys and young men of color face and ensure all youth reach their full potential.

Fort Worth ISD has 17 MBK high school chapters that meet weekly for discussions -- sometimes with community leaders and role models -- on cultural history and consciousness, personal growth, leadership development, college preparation, career choices and community involvement.

Click here to learn more about the District’s MBK programs.