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ERIC Number: EJ821607
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1047-8248
Discovering the Possibilities: A Study of African American Youth Resistance and Activism
Ellis-Williams, Antoinette
Educational Foundations, v21 n1-2 p107-124 Win-Spr 2007
This article presents a study of African American youth resistance and activism. The data revealed that African American youth have a large capacity for activism and ability to resist. Early engagement on issues of social justice, equality and freedom by family, teachers, pastors and community leaders can help to shape political character and willingness to participate as an activist. Moreover, youth are more likely to become involved if they perceive issues as directly impacting their lives. As youth grow up they tend to become more jaded about their ability to make a change but they are still willing to work on fighting for justice if they find other like-minded individuals. While young people today are not involved with local electoral politics they demonstrate a highly sophisticated understanding of social organization, bureaucracies, and politics. Finally, when schools provide information and role models students are more likely to take risks and want to improve their surroundings. (Contains 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 4; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
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