Educating Black Males in the 21st Century South: Tunnel Vision? offers rich accounts of the lived experiences of Black men in the South, spanning from childhood to adulthood. Backed by historical accounts and research, the authors provide a comprehensive perspective of challenges that have led to a persistent educational and societal crisis. This book illuminates systems of past oppression, unveils the truths of Black boys and men whose lives have been overshadowed by stereotypes and biases, and shares breakthrough strategies for countering such challenges and effectively reaching Black males as students to empower them to achieve more than society has allowed them to visualize for themselves.
Jo Hawkins-Jones is professor of literacy education and service-learning faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Myron B. Labat is associate professor at Mississippi State University.
Part I: Window Seat
I. Misunderstood and Invisible: Black Male Identity
II. Same Ole South
III. The Black Family
IV. Hard Knock Life
V. “Too Many Negative Experiences”
VI. How Violence Enters the School House
Part II: Opening Doors for Change
VII. Subconscious Lower Expectations: “I Was Just Young and Didn’t Care”
VIII. Changing the Trajectory
About the Authors