Howard and Morehouse Scholars Toldson and Marks Shatter Myths and Barriers

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Howard University’s Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D, challenged media portrayals of young African-American men during the panel session that explored myths about the group.

Toldson, an educational psychology associate professor, led the first afternoon session entitled “Shattering Myths and Breaking Barriers: The State of Black Men in the United States.” The session was part of Thursday’s Black Male Achievement Symposium. He said the goal of the discussion was to identify what steps were needed in order to reclaim Black identity. Toldson criticized a study from the Justice Policy Institute in 2000 which reported that more Black men were in prison than in college.

“A lot of the media took these findings and ran with it,” Toldson said. “But there has been no conclusive study that identifies this statistic as true. We need to study solutions not problems.”

He also challenged an ABC News study that suggested that there were not enough…

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