ERIC Number: ED314526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul-25
Reference Count: N/A
Barriers and Opportunities for America's Young Black Men. Hearing before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. House of Representatives, One Hundred First Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.
This document discusses a hearing which concerns the needs of America's young black men who live in city neighborhoods with little or no opportunity for meaningful employment or educational success. Economists, educators, psychologists, anthropologists, and community activists testified on both the structural barriers that restrict young black males' potential and the need to develop for them economic opportunities and a positive self-image that can survive the systematic assaults on their dignity and well-being. The following facts about barriers and opportunities for young black men are discussed: (1) high black poverty rates persist and the black poor are getting poorer; (2) the number of underclass areas has doubled in recent years; (3) economic shifts have reduced black earnings and job opportunities; (4) young black males have lower marriage rates; (5) poor black males face major obstacles to education, particularly college; (6) black males are at greater risk of arrest and incarceration; and (7) young black men are at high risk of death from violence, substance abuse, and AIDS. Transcripts of the oral statements of six witnesses, written statements, and supporting materials are included, along with eight charts and 16 tables. (JS)
Descriptors: Access to Education, At Risk Persons, Black Youth, Crime, Economic Opportunities, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Ghettos, Hearings, Higher Education, Lower Class, Males, Self Concept, Socioeconomic Influences, Urban Areas, Urban Education, Violence
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.