Black Male Teens Dress Up and Go To School To School Folks About Racist Stereotypes
A Counter-Narrative on Black Male Students: At Champaign, Illinois' Central High School
For Black History Month2014, the Central and Centennial High School
African-American Clubs released a joint video countering the negative
images of young African-American males in the media. The students
affirmed the following in a video highlighting the successes of young
black males within the District:
• We are not gangsters and thugs.
• We are employees and volunteers.
• We are scholars.
• We are athletes.
negative stories told daily in the media and in our culture about our
young African-American men tend to ignore their successes and don't tell
the full story about how young Black men are becoming leaders within
our community schools," said Central School Social Worker and
African-American Club Sponsors Tiffany Gholson and Barbara Cook, who
worked with the students on this effort. "In this video, our students
reclaim the narrative of who they are and inspire other students to
follow in their footsteps." In our assembly, we addressed the State of
the Youth and highlighted what Black students have overcome from a
The assembly also highlighted how overcoming
those obstacles has helped make America stronger and urged students of
all backgrounds to carry the torch for future generations.
*Video Production by Sam Ambler of Ambler Video
*Champaign Central High School & Centennial High School African-American Clubs
*Inspired by the men of Alpha Phi Alpha--Tau Chapter
*Music "Suit & Tie" by Justin Timberlake