By Carla Thomas
One Hundred Black Men of the Bay Area recently held its annual Tommie Smith Track Clinic for Bay Area youth at McClymonds High School.
The event, which took place April 7, was based on the work of Smith, an Olympic gold medalist, who discussed the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and persevering through adversity.
Afterwards, youth competed in the Tommie Smith Track and Field Youth Track Meet at UC Berkeley’s Edwards Stadium.
Participants in the clinic were introduced to the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Community School, scheduled to open in the fall.
The charter school is designed to prepare African American boys to be leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
According to chapter president Dr. Mark Alexander, the school will teach critical thinking skills, leadership and civic responsibility with dedicated educators and mentors in small class sizes.
The school will be located at 106th and McArthur in Oakland, previously Thurgood Marshall School.
When the school opens, it will offer kindergarten, first-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes. For information contact