© 2016

Black Men in the Academy

Narratives of Resiliency, Achievement, and Success

  • Editors
  • Brian L. McGowan
  • Robert T. Palmer
  • J. Luke Wood
  • David F. HibblerJr.

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Brian L. McGowan, Robert T. Palmer, J. Luke Wood, David F. Hibbler Jr.
    Pages 1-17
  3. John Michael Lee Jr.
    Pages 171-185
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 223-234

About this book


Using an anti-deficit approach, Black Men in the Academy explores narratives of resiliency, success, and achievement for black men in the academy. This book is an important text for scholars interested in promoting success in education for underrepresented minorities.


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About the authors

T. Elon Dancy II, The University of Oklahoma, USA. Terence Hicks, East Tennessee State University, USA.  Christopher C. Jett, University of West Georgia, USA. Willis A. Jones, University of Kentucky, USA. John Michael Lee, Jr., North Star Educational Consulting Eric Love, University of Notre Dame, USA. Ferlin McGaskey, Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center Christopher Newman, The University of San Diego, USA. Keon M. McGuire, Arizona State University, USA. Don C. Sawyer III, Quinnipiac University in Hamden, USA. J.T. Snipes, Indiana University, USA. Jameel Alexander Scott, Lucille Education Solution Consulting, LLC Michael Steven Williams, Baruch College, City University of New York, USA.

Bibliographic information


"This important text moves us beyond bad news about black men in higher education. The editors generously offer rich insights into their lives and trajectories toward success. This book speaks powerfully to a nation that has long failed to acknowledge black men's brilliance. It is a refreshing, inspiring read." - Shaun R. Harper, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania, USA

"Black Men in the Academy presents compelling narratives of black males from all around the country. Throughout the volume, the contributors highlight salient educational, social, economic, and familial obstacles that they had to overcome to achieve success. This volume, in my opinion, is an important contribution to the scholarly literature on black males. It offers a realistic but contemporary glimpse of what black males often endure to achieve success in American society." - James L. Moore III, EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education and Executive Director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, The Ohio State University, USA

"As a complement to the body of writing that supports the anti-deficit perspective on African-American males' educational success, this book provides strong evidence of the good that can result from positive influences. These inspiring stories describe the determination, spirit, and occasional good luck of seventeen individuals sometimes with, sometimes without, the positive support of their parents, teachers, community leaders, academic administrators, and church members. Combined with empirical research and outcomes from successful programs, these stirring narratives provide the 'third leg of the stool' demonstrating black male postsecondary success and should be required reading for every black man in college." Michael J. Cuyjet, Professor Emeritus, University of Louisville, USA