No longer living in silence from the margins: African American male college student’s voices centralized regarding their engagement, persistence and graduation

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James Roderick Wyatt (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Leila Villaverde

Abstract: For more than fifty (50) years African American males' have been a major topic of research studies throughout academia and special interest groups or foundations in the United States. These studies have been situated to analyze data on Black males from K - higher education in search of solutions to the numerous issues this particular group of students face as they attempt to navigate the educational system in the United States. A vast majority of the research characterizes and labels African American males as lazy, detached, academically challenged, at risk and endangered. One of the most troubling findings was that regardless of the amount of research conducted after five (5) decades, nothing appears to have changed; this group still continues to struggle academically and professionally. An in-depth review of the scholarly research on Black males showed that most often their voices were not included in the study findings or results. Using data collected from face-to-face, semi-structured individual and focus group interview sessions with Case Study and Phenomenology as the main theoretical lens supported by Critical Race Theory, Stereotype Threat Theory and White Racial Framing Theory used to contextualize the finding, this study seeks to insert the voices of African American males into the research from their perspectives and lived experiences. If African American males are going to be successful, it is imperative educators, parents across the United States understand which educational structures, systems, opinions, and programs negate Black males' ability to navigate and fully engage the academic community in a manner leading to their persistence and graduation.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
African American College Male Students, African American Males, Black College Male Students, Black Males
African American young men $z United States $x Attitudes
African American young men $x Education (Higher) $z United States
African American young men $z United States $x Social conditions
African American college students $z United States $x Attitudes
African American college students $z United States $x Social conditions

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