Temple University Press
My Culture, My Color, My Self: Heritage, Resilience, & Community in the Loves of Young Adults
An authentic picture of culture among young adults of color
Understanding one’s cultural heritage and knowing one’s cultural community’s history helps motivate individuals to take agency and create change within their communities. But are today’s youth appreciative of their culture, or apathetic towards it?
In her vibrant ethnography My Culture, My Color, My Self, Toby Jenkins provides engrossing, in-depth interviews and poignant snapshots of young adults talking about their lives and culture. She recounts D’Leon’s dream to become a positive example for African American men, and Francheska describing how her late mother inspired her appreciation of her Boricua heritage. In these and other portraits, Jenkins considers the role that cultural education and engagement plays in enhancing educational systems, neighborhood programs, and community structures.
My Culture, My Color, My Self also features critical essays that focus on broader themes such as family bonds, education, and religion. Taken together, Jenkins shows how people of color use their culture as both a politic of social survival and a tool for social change.
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Family, Community, & Higher Education
This book explores social topics and experiences that illustrate the various ways in which the family unit influences and impacts college students. In the text, the authors not only explore family memories, but also challenge the traditional lack of inclusion and appreciation for “family” as knowledge producers and educational allies. This book spotlights the family unit as a critical factor within the educational experience—one that prepares, supports, and sustains educational achievement through both everyday simple lessons and critical and difficult family challenges. Through these experiences, families teach the lessons of survival that often help students to persist in college.
Introduction: Family First Toby S. Jenkins
Section I: Family
1. It’s a Family Affair: The Journey to College Billy Brown and Breanna Brown
2. Love Lessons from "The Hood" Ashley Hazelwood
3. Home Training:Family, Struggle,Resilience, & Everything in Between Anthony R. Keith, Jr.
4. Speaking Those Things That Be Not As Though They Are: The Role of Faith in Caregivers’ Educational Hopes for Their Differently-Abled Son Michael and LaChan V. Hannon
Section II: Mothers
5. Extending a Hand: Grateful My Grandmother Raised Me Ce Garrison
6. Mama Says: Activist, Pedagogue, and Feminist? Crystal L. Endsley with Clara Endsley
7. A Generation Makes a Difference: A Mother and Daughter Reflect on Life and College Joan Marie Giampa and Giovanna Bargh Fini
8. Mother May I? A Daughter of a Low-Income, First-Generation, Single Parent Household Goes to College Sinitra N. Johnson
Section III: Fathers
9. Gifts from My Father Sondra Frank
10. Piece by Piece: Laying Down the Road Map to Purpose and Agency Edward J. Smith
11. Unconventional Genius: Father Knows Best Toby S. Jenkins
Section IV: Community
12. Third Culture Students: Accounting for Family, Distance, and Separation of American-Born and Internationally-Raised U.S. College Students Aracelie L. Castro
13. Feminist Ujamaa: Transnational Feminist Pedagogies, Community, and Family in East Africa Marla L. Jaksch
14. Community and Family as Critical Sites for Transformative Education: Implications for Practice Toby S. Jenkins
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