Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed. D.


Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development

Degree Program

Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, EDD

Committee Chair

Ingle, William

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Johnson, Detra

Committee Member

Brydon-Miller, Mary

Committee Member

Brooms, Derrick

Author's Keywords

black; successful; racism; lived experience; schooling


This dissertation examined the contributing factors to the success of high achieving African American male high school students who attend an all-male, predominantly Black, college-preparatory academy. The study took place in an urban, Midwestern school district and highlighted the lived experience and perspectives of students who have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Through the lens of Critical Race Theory, this study was an effort to bring attention to counter narratives to the otherwise deleterious image portrayed of African American males. The history and plight of the African American male is included to provide a comprehensive understanding of the African American experience. Critical examination of data revealed findings around school experiences; influential people; and subsequent perceptions, values, beliefs. The implications of these findings and potential future research are included in the latter portion of this dissertation.