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Black Matters
African American and African College Students and Graduates Tell Their Life Stories




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ISBN 9781032452784
March 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

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.

The rich narratives in Black Matters provide vital insight into the relationship between collegiate experiences and racial identities. It will be essential reading for students and scholars of psychology, education, cultural anthropology, sociology and creative writing, as well as for those responsible for campus climate and student experience.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction: by Chanté Mouton Kinyon.

PART I. LOST AND FOUND: COMING INTO INDEPENDENCE

1. Learning in Black and White.

2. Multihued.

3. Quest for Peace.

PART II. BOTH IN AND OUTSIDE OF BLACKNESS

4. Outside and Between.

5. Growing into My Identity.

6. Finding Blackness.PART III. BECOMING: GROWING INTO ADULTHOOD

7. Metamorphosis.8. The Big Chop.

9. Gotta Keep Climbin' All De Time.

10. A Work in Progress.

PART IV. FINDING LIBERTY: RENEWAL, REFLECTION, AND REGENERATION

11. Quest for Peace: Follow-up.

12. Finding Blackness: Follow-up.

13. Living, Learning, and Teaching Life Lessons in Middle Class Blackness: Follow-up to "Gotta Keep Climbin' All De Time".

14. Forever Home: Follow-up to "A Work in Progress".

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Biography

Andrew Garrod is a professor emeritus at Dartmouth College, where he previously chaired the Department of Education, directed the Teacher Education Program, taught courses in adolescence, moral development, and contemporary issues in U.S. education. He has published widely on adolescence and race and ethnicity.

Robert Kilkenny is the founder and executive director of the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention (AIP) in Boston, MA, a non-profit children’s mental health agency working to promote childhood behavioral health and academic achievement by increasing the use of evidence-based mental health services in schools.