Definition, Identification, Identity, and Culture: A Unique Alchemy Impacting the Success of Gifted African American Millennial Males in School Academic Article uri icon


  • This article focuses on the underrepresentation of African American males in gifted and talented programs, and offers a number of key recommendations to practitioners and researchers who seek viable strategies to circumvent this problem. Beyond the focus on underrepresentation, several additional topics for discussion are excogitated to provide a clear perspective on the challenges these students experience in school; namely, (a) definitions of giftedness, (b) identity development, (c) student Millennial culture, and (d) how gifted African American Millennial males in school contexts are treated. Additionally, data collected from a recent study of a large Midwestern school district will be presented to further highlight the topics under investigation.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Bonner, F., Lewis, C. W., Bowman-Perrott, L., Hill-Jackson, V., & James, M.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Bonner, Fred AII||Lewis, Chance W||Bowman-Perrott, Lisa||Hill-Jackson, Valerie||James, Marlon

publication date

  • January 2009