I have a dream…
I will complete my dissertation on the experiences of high achieving Black male football players at predominantly White division I schools in the South. This research will shed a more positive light on Black male football players, come from the perspective the players, and begin new conversations on how to retain this student population. (this WILL happen)
I will do more than just publish my findings in a top tier journal and present at various conferences (this too WILL happen). I will also get this information into the hands of the people who will benefit from it most—Black students, their parents, their churches, their guidance counselors, and anyone who works directly with them. These conversations (and this research) will not demonize the young men who choose to participate in athletes but show them how to flourish in academic and athletic arenas.
I will then conduct further research with other scholars (esp. Brandon Martin, Shaun Harper, Ivory Toldson, etc.) on matters of achievement, athletics (basketball), and HBCU’s. We will use this research to uplift the community, inspire the next generation of scholars, and challenge those who continue to spread false information about our promising young men.
And in the words of Dr. Toldson, “…I woke up but I’ll never stop dreaming
- Brandon W. Jones