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Bright Spots: Profound Gentlemen

Profound Gentlemen delivers programming to male educators of color. A core part of the program is focused on retention through personal, professional, and leadership development. Data shows that students, particularly African-American male students, benefit socially, emotionally, and academically from having male educators of color. The program showcases strong early indicators around both retention and leadership development for those who have participated.

Check out the video above and then read the brief. For past coverage of Profound Gentlemen from EdNC, check out this video.

These bright spots were identified in collaboration with the myFutureNC Commission. The myFutureNC Commission is focused on educational attainment statewide. They are in the process of developing statewide and localized attainment goals.

Robert Kinlaw

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at

Nation Hahn

Nation Hahn is the chief of growth for EducationNC.