They (Don’t) Care about Education: A Counternarrative on Black Male Students’ Responses to Inequitable Schooling

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Little is known about Black male students who graduate from high school, enroll in college, aspire to earn degrees beyond the baccalaureate, and espouse commitments to various career pathways in the field of education (teaching, school administration, education research, the professoriate, education policy, and so forth). What compels these men to care so much about education, despite what is routinely reported in the literature about their gradual disinvestment in schooling and comparatively lower rates of educational attainment? This question was pursued in the study upon which this article is based. This article is based primarily on a systematic content analysis of essays written by 304 Black male undergraduates attending colleges and universities across the United States.