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2010 - Founder's Day Symposium: R. L'Heureux Lewis

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Published on Feb 22, 2010

Founder's Day Symposium - Black Men in the 21st Century: Myths, Data and Reality

PART 5 of 6

This ongoing summit extends the mission of the Morehouse Research Institute and builds upon a critical mass of research at the College that looks at the affirmative development of black men and boys. Additionally, this symposium served as an exciting review of current thinking from national experts in light of America's first African American President.

R. LHeureux Lewis, 2000, is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Black Studies Program at the City College of New York CUNY. As a scholar, his research concentrates on educational inequality in American public schools. His most recent research concentrates on the experiences of low income and racial minorities attempts at accessing school‐related resources. Utilizing original qualitative data drawn from more than 40 families, his research articulates hidden paths where inequality is bred in the post‐Civil Rights era. His wider research agenda addresses the areas of racial identity, youth culture and mental health. In racial identity, his work has explored the negotiation of identity in the post‐Civil Rights era. His work on youth culture has concentrated on the expansion of hip‐hop culture and its relation to the lives of African‐Americans. His work on mental health has explored the relationship between race, discrimination and mental well‐being. His commentary has been featured in media outlets such as US World News Report, Diversity in Higher Education, National Public Radio, TheRoot.com and the Detroit Free Press. As a scholar‐activist, he is engaged in projects relating to the reformation of education, hip‐hop culture activism and race‐conscious policies. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy and sociology from the University of Michigan.

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