It is our hope, first and foremost, that information contained in this journal will prompt scholars and others to think creatively about Black males and their place in America and around the globe. Furthermore, we trust that the material presented will be used by its readers to help reduce, if not eliminate, the economic, political, and social disparities that act as barriers to Black male progress, all too often hindering, if not preventing, them from securing the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness referenced in our nation’s most sacrosanct documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution.
Finally, because we believe that, despite the hurdles placed before Black males, often times with the expressed purpose of consigning them to an inferior place on the world stage; Black men possess a tremendous amount of agency. In keeping with this perspective, readers can expect Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men to not only bring to the fore those issues with which Black men struggle, be they historically or currently, but to recognize, document, and feature prominently the positive and unique features and iterations of Black manhood, masculinities, as well as the various roles that they play globally in society. We introduce this new volume to you and look forward to many future editions.
An Introduction Declaring … Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, Terrell L. Strayhorn & Judson Jeffries
I Should Get Married Early: Culturally Appropriate Comprehensive Sex Education and the Racialization of Somali Masculinity, Jesse Mills
E. Franklin Frazier: Revisited, Vernon J. Williams, Jr.
Womanizing Richard Wright: Constructing the Black Feminine in The Outsider, Floyd W. Hayes, III
Establishing Priorities for Student-Athletes: Balancing Academics and Sports, Leon McDougle, MD, MPH & Quinn Capers, IV
The Effects of Culturally Responsive Mentoring on the High School to College Matriculation of Urban African American Males, Anthony B. Mitchell & James B. Stewart.
Creating Conditions of Mattering to Enhance Persistence for Black Men at an Historically Black University, Robert T. Palmer & Dina C. Maramba
A Good Black Manhood is Hard to Find: Toward a More Transgressive Reading Practice, Jeffrey Q. McCune
Narrating Muslim Masculinities: The Fruit of Islam and the Quest for Black Redemption, Zain Abdullah
Col. Herbert L. Brewer and the United States Marine Corps: A Man of many Firsts, Judson Jeffries
Masculinity in the Black Imagination: Politics of Communicating Race and Manhood, edited by Ronald L. Jackson and Mark C. Hopson, Marjorie L. Dorimé-Williams
Black Empire: The Masculine Global Imaginary of Caribbean Intellectuals in the United States, 1914-1962, Michelle Ann Stephens, Lloyd D. McCarthy
Black Masculinity and Sexual Politics, Anthony Lemelle, Fred McCall & Cameron J. Harris
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