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Gaps in literacy can lead to a path of poverty
by Mark Anthony Neal

This past weekend, a group of Black scholars convened in Princeton, NJ to discuss current concerns about the lives of Black men and boys. The group, the Scholars Network on Black Masculinity, headed by University of Michigan Sociologist Alford Young, Jr. covered topics like, single headed households, rigid gender expectations, the criminal justice system and mental health among others. The gathering made it clear that there are no magic bullets—or rather magic solutions to address the crises among Black men and boys, only strategies wedded to the kinds of in-the-trenches work that will get little attention.

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About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at Ms.blog, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

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