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Real Role Models

Real Role Models


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All young people need good role models, and black youth especially need positive and real examples beyond the famous and wealthy people they see on SportsCenter highlights and MTV Cribs. While success as a celebrity athlete or entertainer may seem like an achievable dream, the reality is that young African Americans have a much greater chance of succeeding in the professions through education and hard work--and a mentor to show them the path. Real Role Models introduces high school and college-age African Americans to twenty-three black professionals who have achieved a high level of success in their chosen fields and who tell their stories to inspire young people to pursue a professional career and do the work necessary to achieve their dreams. Some of the individuals profiled by Joah Spearman and Louis Harrison, Jr., include Leonard Pitts, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald; Melody Barnes, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Danyel Smith, editor-in-chief of Vibe; and Dr. Tim George, Chief of Pediatric Neuroscience at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. They and other interviewees describe their backgrounds, career paths, and desire to give back by helping others reach their goals. Representing a wide range of occupations, these real role models prove to African American youths that a whole world of successful, rewarding careers awaits them.The Real Role ModelsRufus Cormier, JD, Partner at the Baker Botts Law Firm, Houston, TexasMelody Barnes, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Washington, D.C.Eric Motley, PhD, Managing Director of the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship Program, Aspen, ColoradoJames McIntyre, Spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, D.C.Tracie Hall, Assistant Dean and Librarian at Dominican University, River Forest, IllinoisKimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, Surgeon General of the State of Michigan, Lansing, MichiganTimothy George, MD, Chief of Pediatric Neuroscience at Dell Children's Medical Center, Austin, TexasVictoria Holloway Barbosa, MD, Ethnic Dermatologist and Former Executive for L'Oreal, Chicago, IllinoisBill Douglas, White House Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, Washington, D.C.Leonard Pitts, Jr., Columnist for the Miami Herald, Miami, FloridaDanyel Smith, Editor of Vibe Magazine, New York, New YorkEd Stewart, Managing Director of External Communications for Delta Airlines, Atlanta, GeorgiaLynn Tyson, Vice President of Investor Relations for Dell, Austin, TexasWillie Miles, Jr., Founder and CEO of Miles Wealth Management, Houston, TexasHorace Allen, Founder and CEO of TeamPact, Atlanta, GeorgiaDeavra Daughtry, President and CEO of Excellent Care Management, Houston, TexasJe'Caryous Johnson, Founder and CEO of I'm Ready Productions, Houston, TexasSteve Jones, Cofounder of a graphic design company, Oakland, CaliforniaIsiah Warner, PhD, Chemistry Professor at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LouisianaGloria Ladson-Billings, PhD, Professor of Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WisconsinBernard Muir, Athletic Director at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Craig Littlepage, Athletic Director at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VirginiaBeverly Kearney, Women's Track Coach at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
About the Author: Joah Spearman works for PulsePoint Group in Austin, where he helps Fortune 500 companies with strategic communications and organizational goals.The youngest of three boys raised by a single mother, Spearman is the first person in his immediate family to receive a college degree. He has worked in communications and writing roles for a number of leading organizations, including the University of Texas, Motorola, Southwest Airlines, and FEMA.Dr. Louis Harrison, Jr., serves as both associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin and as pastor of the Pleasant Bethany Baptist Church in Elgin, Texas.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780292718326
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publisher Imprint: University of Texas Press
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 15 mm
  • Weight: 227 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0292718322
  • Publisher Date: 01 Feb 2010
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 213 mm
  • No of Pages: 182
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: Successful African Americans Beyond Pop Culture
  • Width: 140 mm


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