Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril (Google eBook)

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PublicAffairs, 2007 - Social Science - 384 pages
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Over the last 100 years, perhaps no segment of the American population has been more analyzed than black males. The subject of myriad studies and dozens of government boards and commissions, black men have been variously depicted as the progenitors of pop culture and the menaces of society, their individuality often obscured by the narrow images that linger in the public mind. Ten years after the Million Man March, the largest gathering of black men in the nation's history, Washington Post staffers began meeting to discuss what had become of black men in the ensuing decade. How could their progress and failures be measured?

Their questions resulted in a Post series which generated enormous public interest and inspired a succession of dynamic public meetings. It included the findings of an ambitious nationwide poll and offered an eye-opening window into questions of race and black male identity—questions gaining increasing attention with the emergence of Senator Barack Obama as a serious presidential contender. At the end of the day, the project revealed that black men are deeply divided over how they view each other and their country.

Now collected in one volume with several new essays as well as an introduction by Pulitzer Prizewinning novelist Edward P. Jones, these poignant and provocative articles let us see and hear black men like they've never been seen and heard before.


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Review: Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril

User Review  - Tunde - Goodreads

this collection of essays did a great job of not only showcasing successful black men or black men whom are struggling but every type of black man in between. i particularly liked the interviews of the religious figures as well as bob johnson. good inspiration being a black man. Read full review

Review: Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril

User Review  - Ginna Rinkov - Goodreads

This book is divided into chapters on individual's stories and chapters on larger themes. They all tie together to show the different faces of black men in america today. A very quick read. Eye opening. Read full review


At the Corner of Progress and Peril
A Portrait Shaded With Promise and Doubt
The Young Apprentice
For the Love of Ballou
A Path All His Own
The Wrong Man
His Last Best Cause
Dad Redefined
The Meaning of Work
In or Out of the Game?
The Old Kinship
Why Are So Many Black Men in Prison?
Bob Johnson on Black Wealth
Where Are Black Men Spiritually?
Not Just Any WalkOn Part

Special Agent
Singled Out
A Chance to Get Into the Room
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Page 11 - A policeman who concentrates a disproportionate amount of his limited time and resources on young black men is going to uncover far more crimes — and therefore be far more successful in his career than one who biases his attention to, say, middle-aged Asian women.

About the author (2007)

Kevin Merida is an associate editor at the Washington Post. In 2000 he was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and prizewinning Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas. He lives in Maryland.

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