The Washington Post has a great piece about black parents in the DC metro area who are working to change the anti-achievement black culture. Since the parents of middle school-aged black children have worked together, their sons have improved their grades and now see academic achievement as apart of personal and social achievement. The 2012 club seeks to get all of the children involved (current seventh-graders) to graduate on time in 2012.
The article focuses on the parents of boys, not just black parents; this is probably because black women radically outperform black men in terms of high school graduation rates, college attendance, college graduation, and graduate school placement. Of course, this indicates that a part of the reason for black underperformance is more than racism: there are cultural factors within the black community that contribute to the problem. The parents are creating a different micro-culture of achievement for their sons to combat the larger, black American culture.