The role of the Black church in socializing African American students for school success: a collective case study into the nature of prophetic activism

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Diedria Howell Jordan (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Camille Wilson

Abstract: Little attention has been given to the potential role of faith-based institutions in fostering academic achievement through socialization; the purpose of this study is to reveal that link. For many African American students, the public education system has not successfully prepared them for citizenry in today's global community. An urgent need in research is to identify community resources that are readily available to address the underachievement of African American students enrolled in today's public schools. The purpose of this study is to discover how the social support efforts of black church goers positively impact the academic experiences of African American youth. This qualitative study, involving two black churches, will explore the prevalence of prophetic activism within black churches that address the social and academic needs of African American youth. In this study, the term prophetic activism is used to describe church activism that extends beyond the walls of the black church to reach all African American youth within the community in which the black church is anchored. The findings of this study illuminate how successful collaboration between educators and black churches leads to prophetic activism. This research has the potential to lend valuable insight into policies and procedures school leaders develop to forge community collaboration with black churches.

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Language: English
Date: 2012
African American Students, Black Churches, Prophetic Activism, School Leaders
Church and education $z North Carolina
African American churches $z North Carolina
African Americans $x Education $z North Carolina
Academic achievement $z North Carolina

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