Black Minds Project

Cover photo of the capitol of suspension report in which a sad black boy is seated on a bench with his head rested on this folded arms

The purpose of releasing this data is to improve the life chances of Black boys in Sacramento county. As such, we will engage in ongoing analyses and reporting of these data over time to highlight districts and schools that are able to reduce their suspension rates.

Executive Summary

This report is a joint publication of the Black Minds Project (an initiative of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Black Male Institute at the University of California, Los-Angeles (UCLA). The report was commissioned by the Greater Sacramento NAACP. In this report, we present analyses of publicly available statewide data on the suspension of Black males in Sacramento county’s public schools.

Some of the key results highlighted in this report include the following:

  • Black males are 5.4 times more likely to be suspended in Sacramento County than the statewide average.
  • Nearly 18 Black males were suspended, per day, in the county.
  • Sacramento County has four school districts in the top 20 suspension districts for Black males in the State of California.
  • Sacramento City Unified is the most egregious suspension district for Black males in the State of California.
  • Black males in early childhood education (kindergarten through third grade) are 9.9 times more likely to be suspended than their peers (statewide).
  • One third of all Black male foster youth are suspended in Sacramento County.
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Black Minds Project

Welcome to the Black Minds Project, our Center's initiative to raise the national consciousness about issues facing Black boys and men in education. Below are some of our efforts to improve the educational outcomes for this population.  


Get Out! Black Male Suspensions in California Public Schools (February 20, 2018)

Outside Looking In: Suspension as a Form of Exclusion in San Diego County (February 27, 2018)

The Capitol of Suspensions
Examining the Racial Exclusion of Black Males in Sacramento County
(June 12, 2018)

Banning the Babies: Suspension Rates for Black Males in Early Learning (Forthcoming)  

Public Course

Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education


Supporting Men of Color in the Community College - Wood & Harris III (2017)

Teaching Boys and Young Men of Color (K-12) - Wood & Harris III (2016)

Advancing Black male Student Success from Preschool through PhD - Harper & Wood (2016)

Teaching Men of Color in the Community College - Wood, Harris III & White (2015)

Black Men in Higher Education: A Guide to Ensuring Success - Wood & Palmer (2015)


CCEAL's Black Minds Project reports are sponsored by the San Diego State University College of Education Dean's Distinguished Professorship Fund and by RISE for Boys and Men of Color. RISE is a field advancement effort funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, and members of the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color.