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Black Men in College: Implications for HBCUs and Beyond Kindle Edition

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"This book is a comprehensive exploration of the contoured contexts that influence the access and success of African American males in higher education. The chapters scaffold core knowledge about the experiences of African American males, frame new insights into the critical intersections of black male identity, and construct meaningful recommendations to improve both practice and outcomes on campus. Black Men in College will be useful for years to come."

-- M. Christopher Brown II, President, Alcorn State University

"This is a very thoughtful and in-depth scholarly discourse on African American men who attend HBCUs. Palmer and Wood have assembled an impressive group of scholars who respectfully present the issues facing African American men in our society, on college campuses, in Greek letter organizations, and in non-traditional academic fields. I am hopeful that the interventions, strategies, and policies presented by these scholars will be implemented by elementary and secondary schools as well as by PWIs and HBCUs."

-- Mary Howard-Hamilton, Professor of Higher Education, Indiana State University

About the Author

Robert T. Palmer is Assistant Professor of Student Affairs Administration at The State University of New York–Binghamton.

J. Luke Wood is Assistant Professor of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Post-Secondary Education at San Diego State University.

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  • File Size: 696 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415893844
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JL1X2M
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The book starts by saying female students are far more likely to graduate from HBCUs than their male counterparts. This book then looks at subgroups of Black males at Black colleges. It also focuses on those males who are succeeding in that arena. It has a good breadth in terms of chapters. It speaks about science majors, fratboys, rainbow-flag men, fathers, etc. Still, I felt there was something missing.
There's a book about Black male millennials that seemed like New Age-y gibberish. The chapter on immigrant Blacks focused on four men, NONE of whom were HBCU student. The chapter on rainbow-flag men talks about the barriers they face. However, I have met GBMS who are alums of Morehouse, Xavier, and Fisk and they make Black colleges seem like an SGL bruthas' paradise. The large number of GBMs at some Black campuses isn't really touched upon. Then again, straight Black men have told me that ratio between them and straight Black women was so stark that they always had girlfriends and women throwing themselves at them every time they entered a room. That never comes up here.
The book emphasizes that Black students at HBCUs love their schools far more than Black students at mostly white schools. I don't doubt that. However, I know a good number of HBCU alums and they can make their colleges sound sooooo resource-deprived. My sister attended Xavier and said its gym is nothing but an exercise bike and two weights in the corner or one building's room. A buddy of mine said, "Something has to make you stay at Fisk, 'cuz otherwise folk leave." For him, it was his girlfriend. He complained about how the school had no football team, no LGB student group, no diversity of majors or things to do, etc.
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