Dubois publicized the phrase “the talented tenth” in his 1903 essay. This term fixated on the idea of preparing a tenth of African Americans for leadership within the US. Post slavery options for Africans Americans were limited, and while it was still new to see African Americans as free, Dubois and other northerners pushed for education amongst this group.
-A man makes a heart shape with his hands during a protest near the CVS pharmacy that was set on fire after the funeral of Freddie Gray, on April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)-
The Black Male Archives was started to show the many characteristics, professions and perspectives of Black Men across the world and to curate our journey and Promote a positive narrative!
I AM A MAN…
My name is Rodney Freeman and I am a Father, Brother, Son, Librarian, Self-proclaimed nerd, Hip Hop Extraordinaire, and a Black Man. I started this site not only to promote positive stories of and about Black Men, but also to curate our journey and experiences . In the past couple of years, we’ve been bombarded with so many negative images and stories about Black Men and I began to look at myself and wonder if that was how people saw me. I was concerned because the Black Men in my life (my father, friends, and mentors) do not fit the portrayal of Black Men in the news and media. I wanted to provide people with a different perspective, create something that will show Black Men in a positive light, and show our many experiences in their entirety. Thus, the Black Male Archives was born. The Archives are a collective of experiences and a multitude of journeys converging in one location.
Rodney E. Freeman Jr.
I have learned that people come into your life for a reason. While many of these people you will not see day to day, they leave you with lasting lessons. I had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up over twenty years ago; well I was going to be a dentist.
Earlier this year I presented to a group of White women. I only say White women to help the readers understand the importance of being objective and understand that we all think differently based on the way we were raised, our environments, and especially our….privilege…
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