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Black Men’s Studies

Black Manhood and Masculinities in the U.S. Context

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Serie McDougal III

Black Men's Studies offers an approach to understanding the lives and the self determination of men of African descent in the U.S. context. It not only frames their experiences, it also explores the multidimensional approaches to advancing the lives of Black men. Particular attention is given to placing Black men in their own unique historical, cultural, and socio-political contexts.

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Chapter 6 The Education of Black Males

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Chapter 6

The Education of Black Males

For Black males, acquiring knowledge is associated with far more than personal well-being. However, not enough is known about what education means for Black males, what leads to their success, and how and why Black males have managed to achieve educational success. The education of Black males is an area of educational research typically dominated by discussions of failure and the need for improvement. This chapter will provide a description of key aspects of Black males’ educational experiences. Emphasis is placed on factors which facilitate educational success and factors that create or represent barriers. Using a foundation in pre-colonial African philosophies of learning as a point of departure, this chapter will explore how Black people, communities, and institutions can enhance the experiences of Black males in multiple areas of education for the ultimate purpose of advancing Africana communities.

Pre-Colonial African Educational Systems and Philosophies

What do pre-colonial African philosophies say about the purpose of knowledge? In Yoruba cosmology, Orunmila, one of the most important Yoruba orisha, was sent by Oludumare (God) to order the world aright with his incomparable omniscience and unsurpassable knowledge (Taiwo, 2006). Similarly, in Ancient Kemet, knowledge in the hands of human beings had the ultimate purpose of being used to reestablish the Maatic order and balance that existed at the time of creation. Some members of society were specially trained for this task. In ancient Kemet, the Sesh or Scribe was...

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