The Western Journal of Black Studies

Journal focusing on issues regarding the African American experience in the United States.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 4, Winter

African American Men and the Prison Industrial Complex
Introduction African American men--poor and not so poor--have had a tumultuous relationship with the United States Criminal Justice System. This relationship is longstanding (Brunson 2008). In the summer of 2009, prominent Harvard professor Henry...
African American Scholarly Contributions to Non-Black Ethnic Studies: A Bibliographic Essay
As discussed previously by this researcher, African Americans have investigated and published scholarly books on foreign peoples and cultures since the 1880s. Less well-documented are instances of them writing as principal authors and editors of publications...
African American Students' Experiences with Special Education in Milwaukee Public Schools
The 1954 Brown v. School Board of Education case in Topeka, Kansas was a civil rights case that declared separate education as unequal and unconstitutional (Obiakor, Harris-Obiakor, Garza-Nelson, & Randall, 2005). This was significant because it...
A Gender Comparison of Resiliency among Older African American Katrina Survivors
Introduction In the past decade, resiliency among African Americans has been a major research topic. For example, studies have explored the resiliency of African American military families (Kaslow, 1993; McCubbin et al., 1998), investigations have...
Islam, Rentier States and the Quest for Democracy in Africa
Introduction: Islam Today The believers, men and women, are guardians of one another; they enjoin good and prohibit evil, perform the prayer, give alms, and obey God and His Prophet. (Quran 9:71) Religion is among the strongest central categories...
Passing On: The Old Head/younger Dancer Mentoring Relationship in the Cultural Sphere of Rhythm Tap
Introduction My first visit to the underground tap scene was the result of an invitation from a friend who had recently returned to tap dancing after giving it up for many years. When she invited me to watch her perform at La Cave, my understanding...
Progressive Paths to Masculinity for Young Black and Latino Men in an Urban Alternatives-to-Incarceration Program
Introduction--Rethinking Masculinity Black and Latino men in the United States face the triple burden of racism, gender discrimination--and many, such as the men in this study, disproportionately experience incarceration. Throughout this text, I...
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