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Black Mask-ulinity

A Framework for Black Masculine Caring

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Edited By Lisa Bass

Black Mask-ulinity: A Framework for Black Masculine Caring is a collection of research, narratives, essays, and conceptual works to lay the foundation for an important emerging theoretical framework: Black Masculine Caring (BMC). This framework facilitates an understanding of the teaching and leading styles of Black males, and seeks to improve the educational experiences of Black male students. This book is significant in that it builds upon feminist ethic of caring frameworks and takes readers on a journey toward understanding the ethic of caring through a masculine lens. Authors explore the experiences of caring school leaders; Black male students in need of care; Black males as caring fathers; Black males as caring spiritual leaders; and Black males as caring institutional leaders. This book is appropriate for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in classes including the foundations of education, the sociology of education, ethics in educational leadership, teacher preparation, Black studies, and scholars seeking a deeper experience in their study of the ethics of caring.
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Postscript: A Reflective Essay on B(eing)-FREE: Lesson Learned from Gramp toward Transforming Mass Media Problems into Sustainable Solutions for Black Urban Youth

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Lesson Learned from Gramp toward Transforming Mass Media Problems into Sustainable Solutions for Black Urban Youth

BRIAN FREELAND



THE PLANTING OF THE “SEED”

Understanding the culture that leads to our growth and development as individuals begins with the positive forces in our lives. Those people who supported us without concern for themselves have been our greatest benefactors, their sacrifices a testament to their efforts to blaze a trail of love, happiness, and success for us. My grandfather, George Freeland, was my first teacher and greatest supporter. He was a man who wanted me to succeed above and beyond his own life circumstances. “Gramp,” as I affectionately called him, taught me how to examine life with an eye toward sustainability, although he never actually expressed it in those terms. However, it was implicit in his four teachings, as he encouraged me to value those things that sustain one’s life and culture, and instilled in me the following beliefs:

1.Education is a valuable tool.

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