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Doctor of Education (EdD)


School of Education

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Copyright © 2014 Melvin Thomas Hargrett

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Doctor of Education (EdD)


The present research sought greater understanding of and contributes additional insights into supporting the academic success of African American males in urban public high schools and in higher education. The findings based on eight world life interviews of successful African American males from an urban community adds valuable information about the community factors (family, church, schools and community organizations) that contribute to the development of resiliency among African American males. Additionally, the research sought to provide a detailed account of the community wisdom (messages and methods) that informed resilience. Lastly, the transformative nature of resilience was explored in collegiate settings, where stresses and the contested nature of success pushed students to adopt and evolve newer forms of resilience.

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