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Policy Maker Takes You Beyond Stereotypes in Black and White

The manifold costs of not insuring, employing, educating, and nurturing African American boys and men are clear. The health and well-being of African American boys and men is seriously threatened by virtually all social and policy systems. Meaningful improvement will only come when everyday people of every race and sector discover their own leadership attributes and act to reverse a stunning trend of elimination of hope and aspiration that has been the norm for generations of African American males.

Beyond Stereotypes in Black and White: How Everyday Leaders Can Build Healthier Opportunities for African American Boys and Men by Dr. Henrie M. Treadwell exposes the daily plight of African American boys and men. In her new book, Dr. Treadwell identifies the social and policy infrastructure ensnaring this sector in a downward spiral that worsens with each exposure to our system; a system that offers unemployment, low-wage work, marginalization, and incarceration.

“In this book, I provide a concise presentation of the facts of this history, and a voice from the vantage point of the boys and men themselves,” says Dr. Treadwell, “as well as that of advocates in communities around the country. I give readers a context for the policies that have put African American boys and men on the downward spiral. I then set the parameters for new policies and new leadership on every level–from government officials to members of the media, from CEOs of large corporations to small business owners, from elite educators to single parents.”

“Through Beyond Stereotypes in Black and White,” adds Dr. Treadwell, “I am challenging Americans to see that all of us must act individually and collectively to right this social wrong.”

Henrie M. Treadwell, PhD, is a research professor in community health and preventive medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Her published works include Health Issues in the Black Community; Community Voices: Health Matters; and The Social Determinants of Health among African American Men. Treadwell has also contributed to ABC-CLIO’s Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry. Treadwell holds a doctorate from Atlanta University.

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