Jemmel Billingslea

Jemmel Billingslea

University of New Hampshire



Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Bramlett, UNH Academic Achievement Programs/CONNECT

The Education of Black Males: Voices of Black Males

Black males have been a part of our country’s history for hundreds of years. As time progressed, the treatment of these men moved from enslavement and discrimination through the abolition of slavery and anti-discrimination laws that offer legal protection. Although Black males were an integral part of slavery, when it ended there were laws that acted as barriers to their success in life and the classroom. While these laws are no longer in place today, Black males are still not represented in higher education as they should be. How has this happened? Why has this issue of mistreatment gone on for so long? Since schools were desegregated, the opportunity for a better life has become more in reach than it was before Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education. Challenging the courts to desegregate the school system was a long and hard battle, but one that was fought to ensure that all people are given the same education, yet this has not been the case for the Black male.

This project seeks to describe why un-enrolled Black males of traditional college-going age are not in higher education in their own voices. This research also seeks to identify what college aspirations these young men may have had and what factors influenced those aspirations. This study also seeks to identify any deterrents to the aspirations that may have caused these males to not enroll in higher education. This qualitative study will use the general interview methodology. And, it is anticipated that Black males will describe their in-school experiences and family circumstances as influential factors to their life choices, as well as the effects their social environment and peers had on their educational pursuits.



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