The experiences of Black boys and men in education have sustained increased attention from various communities and throughout education. This increased attention is birthed from systemic issues that have remained pervasive throughout society. As a direct call to action of these issues, Black Minds Matter introduces us to pivotal and thought-provoking ways in which educators can best support and care for this population. This review expounds upon ways in which education might reimagine how we advocate and care for Black boys and men in the classroom. This review highlights the ways in which education has employed deficit-informed practices, harming Black boys and men in and outside of the classroom. This review also highlights the Black Minds Matter pedagogy, which was introduced in this novel as a key contribution to the field. Lastly, I conclude with critical reflections of Dr. Woods’ novel, offering critique and areas of focus for those whose praxis, scholarship and expertise intersects with this population.
Black minds matter: Realizing the brilliance, dignity, and morality of Black males in education. (2019). Jonathan Luke Wood. San Diego, CA: Montezuma. 185 pp., $20.49 (paperback). ISBN 978-0-7442-7494-3
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Campbell, J.L. (2022). Black Minds Matter: A Book Review. Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs.