In the face of centuries of institutional and interpersonal racism, in light of the signals they receive from society, and given the choices they must make about what they want from life and how to go about getting it--how can Black men in America realize their full potential? In Black Man Emerging, psychologists Joseph L. White and James H. Cones III fashion a moving psychological and social portrait that reflects their personal views on the struggle of Black men against oppression and for self-determination. Using numerous case histories and biographical sketches of Black men who have failed and those who have prevailed, the authors describe strategies for responding to racism and entrenched power--underscoring the healing capacity of religion, family, Black consciousness movements, mentorships, educational programs, paid employment, and other positive forces. They also explore the concept of identity as it applies to being Black and male and ithe influence of Black men on American culture. Black Man Emerging is a poignant and personal discussion of the issues facing and felt by Black men in this country and an important commentary on the conflicts born of human diversity.

part I|64 pages

The Present and the Past: Current Voices1 Historical Traces

chapter Chapter 1|13 pages


chapter Chapter 2|30 pages


part II|48 pages

Contemporary Images and Expressive Styles

part III|80 pages

The African–American Male: Masculine Alternatives and Psycological Challenges

chapter Chapter 8|14 pages

Biographical Memoirs I

Boyz'n the Hood: The Macho Identity

part IV|52 pages

Major Influences on African-American Masculine Development

chapter Chapter 10|18 pages

The Influence of the Family

chapter Chapter 11|13 pages

The Role of the Peer Group

part V|59 pages

Interventions, Recommendations, and Conclusions