Some 115 people came to a meeting organised around the new book Tell It Like It Is: How Schools Fail Black Children, in north London last week.
Most were black parents, some were black teachers and some came from the host school, Winchmore, in Enfield.
The platform consisted of a sixth form student from the school, National Union of Teachers general secretary Steve Sinnott and Brian Richardson, the editor of the book.
The meeting was introduced by the assistant head teacher who is in charge of raising black attainment in the school.
There was a wide range of opinions in the discussion. Some people expressed frustration at the lack of progress on this issue, others argued for a fightback against Labour’s proposals for breaking up comprehensive schooling.
The success of the meeting showed the thirst for action over the issue of black under-achievement and 54 copies of the book were sold.
Tell It Like It Is is available from Bookmarks — phone 020 7637 1848 or go to www.bookmarks.uk.com