This volume examines special issues associated with providing services and guidance to African American men. Although this group of men is like any other in its struggle with its social and economic problems, African American men experience a higher rate of murder, imprisonment, unemployment and racism. The contributors to this book provide a broad, interdisciplinary view of the possible solutions to the different problems facing African American men.
Chapter 23: Building Assets among African American Males
Building Assets among African American Males
Recently, I had the honor of speaking at a conference on rural development at Tuskegee University, and the focus of my remarks was on African American land ownership. As the reader probably knows, the number of black farmers has declined sharply in the United States, falling by more than 95% since 1954, so that today, fewer than 19,000 black farmers remain. This is a deep tragedy because freed slaves had to struggle very hard, against all odds, for the agricultural land that they eventually owned. It would be an understatement to say that whites never made it easy. As the 20th century draws to a close, the legacy of land owning among rural blacks ...