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Black Scholars Get “aggressive” About Speaking On Challenges Black Males Have

By: Krystle Crossman

Dr. James L. Moore III and Dr. Chance W. Lewis collaborated together on a book that has gained national attention. The book is titled African American Male Students in PreK-12 Schools. It is all about the struggles that black students go through and how they are challenged every day while they are trying to learn. Along with explaining the challenges that black students face, they also have a few suggestions as to how educators can change this and provide a better learning experience for young black male students.

David J. Johns who is the executive director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, wrote the foreword in the book. He states that there are so many different challenges that face black students in public schools today and there needs to be more of a focus on being college-bound. He says that the college-bound mindset should be spoken about as early as middle school. This is because many black male students think that they will never go to college and will never be successful because of the statistics and biases that are always thrown at them.

The entire book is made up of statements and ideas from scholars all over the country. They all bring forth new suggestions to help reduce the number of black male students who drop out of school and help them to get a better education and better mindset about themselves and the amazing things that they can accomplish. This is one of the biggest challenges as many schools tell these students that they will not go very far because statistics show that they can’t. This does not give these young men much hope for their futures and they end up feeling like they shouldn’t even try to succeed because they don’t believe that they can.

The book was published right after President Barack Obama released a White House initiative that is aimed at helping students of color to achieve whatever goals they wish to achieve and to help them realize that they can do this no matter what anyone else says. Lewis and other scholars will be speaking about these topics at a conference in Jamaica in November.

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4 thoughts on “Black Scholars Get “aggressive” About Speaking On Challenges Black Males Have

  1. sweet1

    Instead of hosting conferences about these issues and solutions in Jamaica, try having them in local communities being that these are the people whom the book is about. It should be most beneficial to us….

  2. Teejay

    @Sweet1, I understand where you are coming from, but if the truth is told this information is relevant to black males all around the globe. I am positive that you can find studies about black males in Brazil, Jamaica, Nigeria and the list goes on…. that speak to the fact that they are dropping out of school and experiencing problems with the law.

    Maybe it is time for collective minds to start working on this issue.

  3. sweet1

    The title of the book is “African American Male Students in PreK-12 Schools”. I would think that although this information can be useful globally, there should be a focus on African AMERICAN men and if scholars are hosting conferences globally there should be conferences here as well. If there are conferences here, can I get more information please.

  4. Jsaund28352

    I have sated before about President Obama Black Male initiative for young black boys. How about empowering the fathers of the black boys. By empowering the fathers this will give our boys a fighting chance.


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