Disrupting Discourses of Failure: Counter Narratives of Black Male Students and Academic Success
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
African American Studies
African American, charter school, counter narrative, dissent, male, voice
African Studies | Education
In the twenty-first century, African-American males continue to be significantly "left behind" academically in comparison with other ethnicities and even compared to their female counterparts. Nonetheless, there appears to be one school that has been situated to have the "antidote" for this gap. This working case study draws on an interview methodology to investigate the programming experiences of alumni, former faculty, current faculty, and administration from a predominantly all-Black male school with a reported 100 percent graduation rate that is situated in the nation's third largest school district. Through a critical race theoretical lens, the interviews present narratives that counter the dominant narrative of the failing Black male in U.S. schools while presenting voices of dissent that create a counter narrative challenging the programming and reported "success" of graduates from Urban Prep.
Williams, Brandi N., "Disrupting Discourses of Failure: Counter Narratives of Black Male Students and Academic Success" (2013). Pan African Studies - Theses. 3.