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Brothers of the Academy
Up and Coming Black Scholars Earning Our Way in Higher Education
Cloth: 978 1 57922 027 3 / $37.50
Published: May 2000
6" x 9"
Where are the black males in higher education? How come so few African American men have obtained Ph.D.s, and their number is declining? Why are they falling further behind the performance of African American women, and society as a whole?
Through chapters by twenty-seven black male scholars, this extraordinary book uniquely combines studies of the history and social position of black men in the academy with compelling narratives of how these brothers have progressed in their chosen careers despite the odds.
Woven into a purposeful whole, Brothers in the Academy presents three facets of what it means to be a black man in the academy, and demonstrates what black men can and have contributed to the scholarly enterprise.
The opening section presents research on race and the academy, and makes a telling contribution to the debate. Its chapters explore such topics as the evolution of desegregation in American education; overlooked data on undergraduate enrollment statistics; the representation of African Americans in college administration; and the relationship of racial identity to educational outcomes.
Part two presents ten narratives of brothers who gained Ph.D.'s in a variety of disciplines.
The book concludes by showcasing the work of black scholars from disciplines as diverse as Egyptology and psychology. Their work is emblematic of what occurs at the intersection of rigorous scholarship with the intellectual insights and concerns of African American men.
This is a book for all leaders and administrators in higher education concerned about issues of diversity and equity. Most importantly, for black educators and community leaders who want to increase participation in higher education; and for students considering personal fulfillment through higher degrees and an academic or professional career, it offers challenges, insight and inspiration.
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Reviews & Endorsements:
"At a time when the presence of African American males in higher education is declining at an alarming rate, the voices of these scholars--who hail from an array of institutional settings--offer inspiration and hope. The authors...provide a rarely examined look at their lives as professors working in a career path that too few Americans associate with Black men."
- Cheryl D. Fields, Executive Editor, Black Issues in Higher Education
"These brothers of the academy represent the kind of role models which, unfortunately, are in short supply in our communities. Just as importantly...they capture the pulse of the issues impacting African Americans in the academy."
- Nathan McCall, Visiting Professor Emory University, author of the award-winning book, Makes Me Wanna Holler
"Brothers of the Academy offers unique and thought-provoking perspectives which every serious educator should examine.... A must read for all who are serious about increasing African American participation in higher education."
- Tony Brown, Educator and TV Talk Show Host
"Demonstrates the versatility of young male scholars who are beginning to take their place at the intellectual table. This book is sure to become a classic."
- Molefi Kete Asante, Temple University
"A remarkable and engaging resource that brings together the scholarship of young brothers in the academy. This wonderful work includes a network of analyses and ideas which enable us to transcend and surmount the obstacles, both internal and external, which confront us."
- Frank W. Hale, Jr., Professor and Vice Provost Emeritus, The Ohio State University
"The scholars represented in this book are the academic pathfinders of the twenty-first century. They will light the way and assist in and insist on higher education becoming a truly multiethnic and multicultural enterprise."
- Joseph White, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Irvine
"The thinkers who contribute to this book bring a sharp focus to the issue of creating the climate necessary on the campuses of American colleges and universities to accomodate diversity on the higher administrative levels. They bring analytical thinking to a host of other issues and concerns of black men in academe.... (This) is an important book, not only for the significant essays contained in it, but for the promise represented by the twenty-six men who are showcased here...The best is yet to come from this group."
- Dunbar on Black Books
"W.E.B. DuBois' prophecy concerning the uplifting of our race by the talented tenth is well represented by these Black male scholars."
- P. Eric Abercrumbie, Executive Director of the Black Male Think Tank, University of Cincinnati
"...An essential work by young Black scholars addressing critical issues."
- James Scott King, Chair, Department of English Delaware State University
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