Nature’s Resillence: African American Males Countering Barriers to Garner Academic and Social Success
The social science discourse that labels African American males as endangered has contributed to the grand social, political, economic, and racial metanarrative that has served to reduce African American males to popular, yet negative, stereotypes of their true existence. As a contribution to social science discourse, this dissertation offers a a counter to the current deficit-laden narrative that has been constructed about African American males. Through an analysis of narrative field texts, this study seeks to elucidate the resilience factors that lead to an African American male’s ability to develop his best possible self and garner academic success. In addition, this study sought to offer African American males a voice with which to share their stories of success. The findings from this study revealed that protective factors with in the family, school and community lent to the students’ ability to garner resilience in the face of adversity. Additional findings suggest the there is a need for culturally affirming curriculum in the k-12 schooling environment. As a contribution to the existing body of literature, this success oriented narrative recommends a an investigation of the school connectedness and the specific elements that determine a student’s connectedness to their school environment.
Rose, Ashley Marie