African American Men in College
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African American Men in College is a much-needed resource that includes examples of real-world programs and activities to enhance academic success in the college environment for African American men. The examples are collected from a variety of institutions across the country. With contributions from leading practitioners and scholars in the field, African American Men in College explores the factors that promote a climate of academic success. The book shows how participation in extracurricular activities can create a positive social climate and examines the advantages of developing communication and leadership skills. It shows how fostering relationships with administrators and community leaders can promote academic success. The book also describes a proven mentoring program and examines the role spirituality and religion can play in bolstering successful college experiences.



Michael J. Cuyjet is an associate dean of the graduate school and an associate professor in the college of education and human development at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the editor of Helping African American Men Succeed in College in the New Directions for Student Services monograph series from Jossey-Bass.


Preface vii

Acknowledgments xiv

The Authors xv


1 African American College Men 3

Twenty-First-Century Issues and Concerns
Michael J. Cuyjet

2 Enhancing the Academic Climate for African American Men 24
Fred A. Bonner II and Kevin W. Bailey

3 The Impact of Campus Activities on African American College Men 47
Charles Brown

4 Enhancing African American Male Student Outcomes Through Leadership and Active Involvement 68
Shaun R. Harper

5 Developmental Mentoring of African American College Men 95
E. Michael Sutton

6 The Role of Spirituality and Religion in the Experiences of African American Male College Students 112
Lemuel W. Watson

7 The Role of Black Fraternities in the African American Male Undergraduate Experience 128
Shaun R. Harper and Frank Harris III

8 African American Male College Athletes 154
Kenya LeNoir Messer

9 African American Gay Men 174

Another Challenge for the Academy
Jamie Washington and Vernon A. Wall

10 African American Men at Historically Black Colleges and Universities 189

Different Environments, Similar Challenges
Walter M. Kimbrough and Shaun R. Harper

11 Meeting the Challenges to African American Men at Community Colleges 210
Myron L. Pope

12 Helping African American Men Matriculate 237

Ideas and Suggestions
Michael J. Cuyjet


13 Student African American Brotherhood 257
Tyrone Bledsoe and Kevin D. Rome, Sr.

14 Meyerhoff Scholarship Program 265

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Earnestine Baker

15 The Black Man on Campus (BMOC) Project 274

Bowling Green State University, Ohio
Kevin W. Bailey

16 Black Men’s Collective 281

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Christopher C. Catching

17 Black Male Rap Session 288

University of Louisville
Edward Laster

18 African American Men of Arizona State University (AAMASU) 300
Alonzo Jones and Lasana O. Hotep

19 Sons of Alkebulan and the Black Man Think Tank 313

University of North Texas
Pamela Safisha Nzingha Hill

20 It’s Easier Than You Think 319

Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio
Tobias Q. Brown and Amanda A. Farabee

21 The Collegiate 100 329

An Affiliate Organization of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Christian A. Mattingly and Carl Humphrey

Name Index 339

Subject Index 345


We owe a debt of gratitude to Cuyjet and his distinguished colleagues for identifying the challenges we have yet to address and providing inspiring examples of existing programs which have found success through their commitment to imprinting the matriculation, graduation, and overall lives of African American men on American college and university campuses. (Education Review, 06/18/08)

Cuyjet and his associates should be applauded for their scholarship addressing the Black male college student. (The Boo) will benefit higher education professionals, faculty and students in their professional work and scholarship, and others interested in reversing the status quo of Black Men in College. (The Journal of Higher Ed, May-June, 2008)

"The book is an excellent tool and resource for student affairs practitioners and faculty members…" (TC Record, March 14 2007)