Arkee Hodges, Bio

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Arkee Hodges is a visionary leader and the Founder and President of the Education for Life Academy (EFLA). Mr. Hodges is also the founder and President of the Black Achievement Fund (BAF), a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to recycle Black wealth back into Black communities, creating an independent source of capital to finance a national Black economic and community development agenda. Prior to founding EFLA and BAF, Mr. Hodges
"The greatest weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the minds of the oppressed."
                                        - Steve Biko

"I never let school get in the way of my education."
                                      - Mark Twain

"It is the lion hunter that writes the lion's history."
                               - African proverb

"A lie can run for a hundred years, but the truth can catch it in a day"
                               - African proverb

Arkee Hodges, President and Chief Curriculum Developer
was a professor at John Jay College for Criminal Justice in Manhattan, and New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn where he taught courses on Race and Ethnicity in America, the African American Experience, and the Sociology of Urban Poverty. 

Prior to these positions, Mr. Hodges served as the inaugural Director of the Children's Aid Society's African American Male Initiative (AAMI), a groundbreaking academic, social and mentoring program for boys in Harlem developed in partnership with Columbia University's Teacher’s College and its Institute for Urban and Minority Education. Conceptualized in 2005 by CAS with the help of a Study Group of Experts led by Dr. Edmund Gordon, Professor Emeritus Yale University, and Professor Emeritus, Columbia Teacher's College, the AAMI aims to improve the social, emotional and academic outcomes of African American males in Harlem beginning in the 2nd grade, by offering a comprehensive array of support services that include 1. a personal Life Coach, 2. one-on-one academic tutoring, 3. “Everyday Heroes” (Black Male role models), 4. a Saturday cultural academy on the campus of Columbia Teacher's College, 5. weekly sessions with a licensed psychologist and 6) a parent education and leadership component. The Initiative is serving to model new approaches to ensure Black male achievement, and has already developed promising practices for the field.  

Previously, Mr. Hodges worked for a series of New York City-based nonprofit organizations including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – the largest repository of Black arts and letters in the world, and Echoing Green – the premier seed funder for social entrepreneurs seeking to build new organizations devoted to social change. Mr. Hodges has also served as a development and business consultant for several nonprofit organizations and for-profit ventures.  

For his graduate thesis, Mr. Hodges studied the Black Liberation Movement from its genesis in enslavement to the present, analyzing the effectiveness of the philosophies of Black Nationalism, Integration and Electoral Politics, and Communism and Socialism. He also studied the dynamics of Black leadership and the politics of Movement and institution building.  

Mr. Hodges earned a Master’s degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies and History from the University of Virginia. Outside of his professional experience, Mr. Hodges enjoys traveling and real estate investing, and serves as a standing mentor for young Black youth.  His research interests include world history, Black liberation ideologies and economic theory.  

Committed to the preservation 
teaching of African and African American history...