Recent statistics suggest many African-American men and boys are still struggling to live the American dream. A majority don't finish high school, and less than one in five go to college.
Many blame the legacy of slavery, and others point to structural racism, which makes it hard for black men and boys to get a fair shot.
A high visibility player has stepped into the fray: Billionaire George Soros and his Open Society Institute announced the Campaign for Black Male Achievement last week.
Shawn Dove, who heads that campaign, talks solutions with Farai Chideya. Then, we hear from Cornelius Ellen of Chicago's Grand Boulevard Federation, a community-based organization aimed at improving the achievement of young black men and boys.