Cedric Brown, the CEO of the San Francisco-based Mitchell Kapor Foundation — an organization dedicated to improving college enrollment rates among black youth — will host a special graduation ceremony through its College Bound Brotherhood program. Tonight’s event at the Oakland Museum of California theater will feature between 75 and 100 Bay Area school graduates who are college-bound.
What is this graduation ceremony about? The graduation ceremony is our culminating event for the College Bound Brotherhood — a movement to help expand the number of college-bound young African-American men in the Bay Area. We want to see them. We want to celebrate them. We want others to follow in their footsteps.
What inspired you to do what you do? Just growing up and witnessing how one person can make a difference. I just feel that’s been part of my charge in life. To get paid for doing it is a plus. I want to see social change for the positive. It’s been a real blessing.