THE INTERDEPENDENT ROLES OF PARENTS and schools are crucial to the issue of social mobility and the future of Black children. The way in which these roles influence each other are important to the development of the child’s self-perception and the ultimate shaping of a viable coping style. Many researchers view Black parents as effective socializers of their children, particularly in their ability to successfully prepare the children to cope with the exigencies of our society while maintaining a positive sense of self.1