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Advisory Committee Chair

Loucrecia Collins

Advisory Committee Members

Keith Gurley

Evelyn Nettles

Philip Westbrook

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Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Doctor of Education (EdD) School of Education


High profile deaths of unarmed African-American males caused much discourse in the years 2012 through 2015. Embedded in the news and on the minds of people of all ages were these deaths and the circumstances that surrounded them. Documentation of actions by some of the young males indicated that questionable behaviors existed prior to their demise. However, little documentation exists regarding attempts to assist these African-American male youths in changing these undesirable behaviors. One traditional approach to meeting the needs of African-American male students occurs through mentoring. Although, the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative launched by President Obama’s administration sparked an increase in the number of mentoring programs aimed at disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, the need still exists. This case study identified 10 African-American men who voluntarily mentored secondary school-aged African-American male youth. As their stories unfolded, they answer the question: What motivated African-American men to mentor secondary school-aged African-American males in Alabama?

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