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Below are articles about Beyond the Bricks from scholars, professors and researchers who are well-respected in the fields of black male achievement and community engagement. We constantly work with scholars from across the nation so be sure to check back periodically for new content.

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Justice Matters: Prophetic Witness, Beyond the Bricks, and Educating for a Just Society. By Charles P. Bretan, Ed.D.
post date: 2012-04-02 16:37

 

Justice Matters: Prophetic Witness, Beyond the Bricks, and Educating for a Just Society.

By

Charles P. Bretan, Ed.D.

 

 “Justice, justice you shall pursue” (D’Varim 16:20)

 

 

Community/Civic Engagement: Building Blocks for Beyond The Bricks Project By: Forrest D. Toms, Sr., Ph.D., Associate Professor Department of Leadership Studies NC A&T State University
post date: 2012-02-05 16:55

I had the opportunity and pleasure to participate in the Beyond The Bricks Project (BTBP) in Greensboro, NC at NC A&T State University in November, 2011. On this particular Saturday, more than five hundred people from around the Triad region were in attendance, representing a cross section of students, diverse ethnic/racial and cultural groups, business leaders, community organizations, secondary and higher education leaders, elected officials and community residents. You could literally feel the excitement and anticipation in the air about what the day would bring. There was in fact a sense of community in the air, or as some would say, ‘in the house’. Participants were there by choice; ready, willing and waiting to discuss, share and engage in a process designed to bring attention to and ‘lift up’ the need to address a common and pervasive concern, the status and well being of Black males in their schools and communities. Serving as a facilitator for the day offered a vantage point of being inside and outside the process at the same time. Through conversations with Derek and follow-up communications, he invited me to write a review of BTBP with an emphasis on leadership and community/civic engagement.

The Use of Educational Documentary in Urban Teacher Education: A Case Study of Beyond the Bricks, By: Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz Teachers College, Columbia University
post date: 2012-01-12 22:38

This article draws from a qualitative case study of 22 teachers of African American males who participated in a screening event of the documentary Beyond the Bricks as part of a community engagement project in three cities: New Orleans, New York, and Oakland.

Response to “Beyond the Bricks”: presented at 2011 American Educational Research Association by Elizabeth Dutro University of Colorado at Boulder
post date: 2011-11-03 19:05

First, thank you, Derek and Oudia, for the opportunity to engage with your important film. There is a moment in Beyond the Bricks that particularly stayed with me. Erick, the 19-year-old young man who had dropped out of high school described the experience that, in his view, radically altered him and his relationship with school. The Department of Family Services came to his home and separated his family. He says, “Someone coming into your life you don’t know and just separating your family.

“Commentary on Beyond the Bricks” presented at 2011 American Educational Research Association by Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Ohio State University
post date: 2011-10-05 21:26

How can we—those concerned with the education of students of color, particularly Black males—critique and thus reframe existing educational research and policies in ways that recognize, to use the words of Mayor Cory Booker, “the genius within our students?” How might we reshape current theoretical frameworks, methodological designs, and pedagogical practices that many of us have come to rely on, in ways that center the powerful voices, perspectives, and ideological and epistemological stances of Black male students?