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Border Crossing «Brothas»

Black Males Navigating Race, Place, and Complex Space


Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas

Winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Book Award

Winner of the 2017 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award

Border Crossing «Brothas» examines how Black males form identities, define success, and utilize community-based pedagogical spaces to cross literal and figurative borders. The tragic deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and numerous others from Brooklyn, Britain, and Bermuda whose lives have been taken prematurely suggest that negotiating race, place, and complex space is a matter of life and death for Black males. In jurisdictions such as the U.S. and Bermuda, racial tensions are the palpable and obvious reality, yet the average citizen has no idea how to sensibly react. This book offers a reasonable response that pushes readers to account for and draw on the best of what we know, the core of who we are, and the needs and histories of those we serve.
Drawing on the educational and socializing experiences of Black males in Bermuda – a beautiful yet complex island with strong connections to the U.S., England, and the Caribbean – this book offers educators and leaders new language for postcolonial possibilities and emancipatory epistemologies related to Black male identities and success in a global context. Intriguing findings and fresh frameworks grounded in understandings of race, class, ability, transnationalism, culture, colonialism, and the construction/performance of gendered identity emerge in this book.

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Dr. Ty-Ron M. O. Douglas is Assistant Professor and PK–12 Program Coordinator in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri. He earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and teaching with a concentration in cultural studies and a Post-Master’s Certificate in school administration. Dr. Douglas’ work explores the intersections between identity, community space (e.g. barbershops, sports fields, and churches) and the socio-cultural foundations of leadership and education. He was awarded the 2013–2014 UNCG School of Education’s Early Career Award, a 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the 2016 Mizzou College of Education Early Career Outstanding College Teaching Award. Dr. Douglas has delivered keynotes, motivational talks, and lectures in Africa, Europe, Bermuda, Brazil, the Caribbean, and the United States. He has shared the stage with renowned motivational speaker “ET The Hip Hop Preacher” and served as an invited keynote speaker for the NCAA and the 2016 Sport Exchange Summit, drawing on his NCAA grant-funded study report on Black male student-athletes. Dr. Douglas’ most recent publications have appeared in outlets such as Educational Studies, The Urban Review, Teachers College Record, and Race, Ethnicity, and Education. He is the co-editor and a contributing author of 12 ← 209 | 210 → Shades of Man: Testimonies and Transitions to Manhood, and co-author, with his wife, of So Amazing … Her Story: Secrets to Finding and Keeping a Great Man. The co-editor of a 2016 special issue (with Drs. Chezare Warren and Tyrone C. Howard)...

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