Crisis in the Village Restoring Hope in African American Communities

ISBN-10: 0800638875

ISBN-13: 9780800638870

Edition: 2007

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Description: Robert M. Franklin provides first-person advice and insight as he identifies the crises resident within three anchor institutions that have played key roles in the black struggle for freedom. Black families face a "crisis of commitment" evident in the rising rates of father absence, births to unmarried parents, divorce, and domestic abuse or relationship violence. Black churches face a "mission crisis" as they struggle to serve their upwardly mobile and/or established middle class "paying customers" alongside the poorest of the poor. Historically black colleges and universities face a crisis of "relevance and purpose" as they now compete for the best students and faculty with the broad marketplace of colleges. With clarity and passion, Franklin calls for practical and comprehensive action for change from within the African American community and from all Americans.

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 1/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Villages and Anchor Institutions
The Autobiography of a Village
Naming Our Pain
Enduring Institutions
Shock Docs Don't Work
Responses to the Emerging Crisis
The Improvement Industry
Cross-Referencing as a Clue to Collaboration
How This Book Is Different
Families: A Crisis of Commitment
What Everyone Should Know about Black Families
What's Wrong?
Cosby's Call and Our Response
Healthy Relationships and Commitments
Healthy Dating
Healthy Marriages
Healthy Parenting
Healthy Same-Gender Relationships
What's Right?
A Complex Message on Family Values
Resources for Renewing a Culture of Healthy Dating, Relationships, and Marriages
Recommendations from Clergy
Supporting Healthy Fathers
A Final Note on Love and Commitment
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Churches: A Crisis of Mission
What Everyone Should Know about Black Churches
What's Wrong?
The Prosperity Movement
Large Men, Little Dreams
Leading Village Renewal
Restoring the Collective Power of Black Churches
What's Right?
Franklin Framework
A Framework for the Spiritual Renewal of the Village
Questions for Discussion
Colleges: A Crisis of Moral Purpose
What Everyone Should Know about Community Education and Black Colleges
What's Wrong?
The Crisis of Moral Purpose in Public and Private Education
The Educational Gap between Males and Females
The Danger of Detachment and Anonymity
Acknowledging Crisis Requires Moral Courage
Village and Public Neglect of Schools
Addressing the Crisis
The College President as Chief Ethical Officer
What's Right?
The Home as an Ethical Learning Center
Smart and Good Schools
Black Colleges and Character Development
Internal Renewal and Moral Purpose
Village Accreditation of Schools and Colleges
Conclusion
Questions for Discussion
Strategies: Renewing the Village
What Is to Be Done?
Ground Zero
Focused Conversation
Collaborative Leadership
Vision and Plan
Accountability and Action
Sustaining and Fundraising
Documenting and Celebrating Progress
A Sermon on Village Renewal
Notes
Index
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