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ERIC Number: EJ1194701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
"What Is Said Here": Reflections on an Informal Community for Black Men at an Historically White Institution
Black, Ray
About Campus, v22 n6 p10-17 Jan-Feb 2018
Ray Black shares the story of creating the Black Male Think Tank, an informal community for black men at his historically white institution. He tells how black male students turned to him in confusion after charges of sexual misconduct by Bill Cosby and various police killings of young black men. The students needed a safe place in which to process these difficult events, support each other, and find strategies to survive their experiences of racism. The group discussed the negative public image of the black male, the invisibility of the successful black male, the isolation of being at a historically white institution, and the lack of fathers and father figures in their lives. This last point helped Black to become aware of his own responsibilities as an elder of this community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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