Photos by Michelle Hanks

JaMarvin Durham, 36, is a second-grade teacher at Warren Elementary School in Bowling Green. Durham is the only male teacher of color. For Durham, he sees having more black male elementary school teachers as a necessity. "I think that just the mere presence of a black man being in front of the classroom, that'd be enough to tell those young men, 'you know I can do it. I can be successful'" Durham said.