The educational resilience of African-American males in Detroit
Muhammad, Farris Fatir
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African-American males in inner-cities often experience many challenges that presents a barrier to their completion of high school. This study examines African-American males’ educational experience of resilience growing up in Detroit and graduating from a Detroit public high school. Detroit was selected for this study because there is a dearth of research on Black males’ educational experience in Detroit public schools. Although there is much research focused on the crime rate, economic status, and underperforming schools in Detroit, scarce research is available on how environmental influences impact the educational experience of African-American males. The objective of this research study was to discover significant influences associated with or responsible for the resilience of the Black males in this study in the context of overcoming noteworthy or traumatic events that could have possibly culminated in their dropping out of high school. Moreover, this research study was designed to give voice to African-American males of low socioeconomic status in a city inundated with crime and very few resources, allowing them to unpack the types of significant or traumatic events they experienced and how they navigated these experiences.