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Beyond Acting White: Reframing the Debate on Black Student Achievement

reviewed by Louis B Gallien, Jr. - September 06, 2006

coverTitle: Beyond Acting White: Reframing the Debate on Black Student Achievement
Author(s): Erin M. Horvat and Carla O’Connor (Eds.)
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 0742542734, Pages: 247, Year: 2006
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Since John Ogbu’s untimely death in 2003, scholars from across the country have considered the importance of his collected works, which were legion and varied. Unfortunately for Ogbu, if the current trends in the analyses of his work (or, what I term as the current fixation) continue, he will be largely known for his most controversial study with Signithia Fordham published in 1986, which is the title of this book. In thinking more deeply about the issue of “acting white” in black communities, it is important that we examine this phrase in both its historical and contextual frameworks. Let me illustrate the core of my critique with a personal narrative. I was raised in a Midwestern town that was one of the last stations of the Underground Railroad before slaves made their final trip across the Detroit River and into Canada. Just a few blocks from my former family house is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 06, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12698, Date Accessed: 9/29/2020 1:10:08 AM

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  • Louis Gallien, Jr.
    Regent University Graduate School of Education
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    LOUIS B. GALLIEN, Jr. is Distinguished Professor of Education at Regent Graduate School of Education. He has edited a text with Marsha Peterson titled: Instructing and Mentoring the African American College Student: Strategies for Success in Higher Education, Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2005. His next edited work is from Teachers College Press titled: Closing the Academic Achievement Gap among African American College Students, (forthcoming) 2007.
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