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1st Edition

Personal Narratives of Black Educational Leaders
Pathways to Academic Success

ISBN 9780367660758
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Challenging misconceptions related to Black academic achievement, this volume provides original perspectives on the policies, initiatives, and factors that facilitate the success of students of color as they progress along the educational pipeline. Grounded in an anti-deficit framework, this book offers personal narratives of Black educational leaders and professionals who discuss aspects of their educational experiences and pathways to success. With takeaways for research and practice, the individual narratives that comprise this book add to the conversation and advance important lessons gained from personal stories about achieving success for Blacks and other minority students.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Antonio Ellis

Chapter 1: Framing the Context: Introduction and Overview of Chapters by Robert T. Palmer

Chapter 2: From Concrete Playgrounds to Expert Consulting By Mykia Olive Cadet

Chapter 3: From Valleys to Peaks and the Journeys in Between by Jean-Paul Cadet

Chapter 4: Tales of Perseverance and Fortitude: Lessons Learned as a College Administrator by Brandy Jackson

Chapter 5: "Breathing Deep;" Building on Ancestral and Community Excellence by Kofi LeNiles

Chapter 6: A Laying on of Hands: How Black Women sharped my Leadership through Communal Connections by Lisa Maria Grillo

Chapter 7: How I Found my Voice: A Black Man’s Journey Toward Self-Discovery, Campus Activism, and Academic Success by Gerald Johnson II

Chapter 8: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City: My Academic Journey to Higher Learning by Jaquial D. Durham

Chapter 9: Delayed but NOT Denied: How a Black Male Educator Mastered the Power of Resilience by Chaz T. Gipson

Chapter 10: "I am the Captain of my Fate:" Overcoming Social and Educators Barriers by Chad Kee

Chapter 11: Heartbreaks, and Setbacks: Am I My Sistas, Sister? by Joycelyn L. Hughes

Chapter12: Onward and Upward Toward the Light of Success by Robert T. Palmer


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Robert T. Palmer is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University.

Mykia Olive Cadet is the CEO and President of Education Acquisition Group where she provides consultation and thought partnering services to business executives across the nation

Kofi LeNiles is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University.

Joycelyn L. Hughes is an Associate Director of Tutoring and Learning Support with the Office of Undergraduate at Howard University.