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Black matters, African American and African college students and graduates tell their life stories, edited by Andrew Garrod and Robert Kilkenny

"Black Matters presents an anthology of stories of African American and African undergraduate and graduate students' experiences at college, offering lifespan perspectives on their formative relationships and influences, life-changing events, and the role their heritage has played in shaping their personal identities, values, and choices. Andrew Garrod and Robert Kilkenny bring together contributors who share personal memoirs reflecting on their experience of navigating life on campus as students of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. The ten brave authors, six Black men and four Black women, present thoughtful, often emotional, accounts of moments that transformed their academic, professional, and racial identities. Supplemented by follow-up accounts of four of the graduates, the text underlines developmental perspectives whilst examining what has remained the same about their lives and values, and what has changed over time. The collection explores the notion of hard work and "grit" in overcoming discrimination, racism, and adversity, and how in reality college students who are not part of the racial/cultural majority must contend with the normative identity challenges of late adolescence while carrying the extra burden of "two-ness". Featuring an introduction by Chanté Mouton Kinyon, this anthology examines crucial topics including classroom experience; intellectual stimulation and learning environment; interactions with African American and African students; friendships that crossed the lines of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation, and how collegiate life affects issues related to personal and racial identities"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Introduction / Chanté Mouton Kinyon -- Learning in Black and White / Tyler Malbreaux -- Multihued / Anthony Luckett -- Quest for peace / Deirdre Harris -- Outside and between / Noah Joel Smith -- Growing into my identity / Katherine Payne -- Finding Blackness / Samiir Bolsten -- Metamorphosis / Andrew Nalani -- The big chop / Britt Coombs -- Gotta keep climbin' all de time / Candice Jimerson -- A work in progress / Anise Vance -- Quest for peace : follow-up / Deirdre Harris -- Finding Blackness : follow-up / Samiir Bolsten -- Living, learning, and teaching life lessons in middle class Blackness : follow-up "Gotta keep climbin' all de time" / Candice Jimerson-Johnson -- Forever home : follow-up to "A work in progress" / Anise Vance
Literary Form
non fiction
Includes index
Physical Description
1 online resource (187 pages)
Specific Material Designation
Form Of Item

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