Being Black, Being Male on Campus

Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences

By Derrick R. Brooms

Subjects: Education, Higher Education, Educational Research, African American Studies, Social Context Of Education
Paperback : 9781438464008, 266 pages, January 2018
Hardcover : 9781438463995, 266 pages, February 2017

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Table of contents


1. Introduction: Making Space to Hear Black Men

2. College Aspirations, Expectations, and Concerns: Thinking about and Preparing for College

3. College as a Learning Experience: Transitioning to College and College Life

4. Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Experiencing the College Environment

5. Black Men Emerging: Experiencing Self in College and Engaging Resiliency

6. Brotherhood and Bonding: Shared Experiences in Black Male Initiative Programs

7. Black Men in College: (Re)Envisioning the Trajectory


Explores how race and gender matter on campus and how Black males navigate college for academic and personal success.


This work marks a radical shift away from the pervasive focus on the challenges that Black male students face and the deficit rhetoric that often limits perspectives about them. Instead, Derrick R. Brooms offers reflective counter-narratives of success. Being Black, Being Male on Campus uses in-depth interviews to investigate the collegiate experiences of Black male students at historically White institutions. Framed through Critical Race Theory and Blackmaleness, the study provides new analysis on the utility and importance of Black Male Initiatives (BMIs). This work explores Black men's perceptions, identity constructions, and ambitions, while it speaks meaningfully to how race and gender intersect as they influence students' experiences.

Derrick R. Brooms is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Louisville.


"…injects into the dialogue a voice that is often left out: that of the black male students themselves. " — The Chronicle of Higher Education

"Well written and informative, this exciting project cuts across many of the strengths of previous publications and fills significant theoretical and methodological gaps by focusing on authentically voiced Black men who are finding and making their way in higher education and in life. " — James Earl Davis, coeditor of Educating African American Males: Contexts for Consideration, Possibilities for Practice