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Dr. Derrick Brooms
Friday, September 14, 2018 | 11:40 am – 12:30 pm | 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Dr. Derrick Brooms, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati, presented a keynote on the educational experiences of African American men on college campuses. He emphasizes the importance of mentoring programs and campus involvement in the academic success of black male college students.
Sponsored by the Violence Prevention Center and the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society. Dr. Brooms was the keynote speaker at the Ohio Consortium for Men and Masculinities in Higher Education Conference."
"Moving Forward," an original poem by the speaker
for young Black men who continue
to press forward, even against the odds
by D. Brooms
be determined/ not turning away
wanting you to live on purpose
take our history back
create new visions of man
be willing to sit-in and stand
make marches in your mind
we need more time
finish like the Little rock nine
aint nothing wrong with the aim
create successes to claim
lift your veil
decide which mountains to tell
study y/our history and
shine the lights of your beautiful Black soul
let your dreams go on and unfold
and be, exist and live
being sure to love self
For Further Information
Journalism on this Subject
Positioning Ourselves to Support College Success for Males of Color
Diverse Issues in Higher Education article by the speaker about how to support males of color on college campuses - July 23, 2018
Changing the narrative on race in higher ed How colleges and universities can improve the Black male experience
University Business interview with the speaker about diversity and resilience strategies on college campuses - by Tim Goral, October 12, 2017
When Black Men Succeed
Inside Higher Ed article about success rates of black male college students - by Doug Lederman, February 6, 2012
Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys
NY Times article comparing the racial gap in income and education - by Emily Badger, Blaire Cain Miller, Adam Pearce, and Kevin Quealy, March 19, 2018
Having Just One Black Teacher Can Keep Black Kids In School
NPR article explains why mentorship is important to students - by Anya Kamenetz, April 10, 2017
Examples of Black Male Initiative Programs
Brother 2 Brother
Brother to Brother is a nonprofit organization in Wisconsin that emphasizes the importance of fellowship and service learning and provides educational scholarships to young black men of color.
The Campaign for Black Male Achievement
The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is a national network dedicated to improving the lives of black men and boys. This program focuses on addressing the barriers facing high school students.
My Brother's Keeper
My Brother’s Keeper is a national program founded by Barak Obama to enhance the African American male experience from preschool to postsecondary education. The program calls for community members to mentor and empower children throughout their educational lives and beyond.