Publications of the Hoop Institute

This article presents the promising results of a three-year research study which measured and interpreted African American student achievement in a predominantly White suburban Chicago high school. Its results show that academically successful African American students do not, in fact, “act White.” Instead, they internalize a strong bi-cultural identity that enhances their cognitive and affective capacities to academically achieve. African American students who negotiate the triple quandary do not compromise their Black identity. Rather, they embrace it as they accept and appreciate the cultural and racial identities of others. Conversely, African American students without such negotiation skills are more likely to embrace only a Black identity, to seek negative outlets to demonstrate their Black identity, to realize low levels of academic achievement, and to engage in disciplinary violations of the school’s Code of Conduct. Of special significance, however, is this study’s ultimate identification of an African American success stream populated by students who internalize ways to manage the practices, norms and pathways related to the school’s rules and to its institutional culture. 2012.

The Way They Saw It: The Changing Face of Bronzeville Theodoric Manley, Jr.
The Way They Saw It is a moving documentary of the historic Bronzeville area, located south of downtown Chicago. Through photos, student reflections, and interviews with the inhabitants, Theodoric Manley, Jr., and his students show the plight of African-Americans who are being forced from their homes through rezoning. Manley traces the Great Migration from the Jim Crow South to the Black Metropolis and shows the rise of many historical figures. Now redevelopment is forcing out the original inhabitants, and condominiums are replacing the former culture-laden landmarks. As the students explore Bronzeville, you will be moved by their reflections on the reclaiming of the historic area by downtown Chicago. This comprehensive study of Black versus White America shows that racism isn’t dead. To purchase this publication go to: 2008.

Anti-Racist Twelve Step Program Hoop Institute 2008.

Putting the Learning in Service Learning Theodoric Manley Jr.
Results of the Black Metropolis Model of service learning are analyzed and illustrated in this paper to explain how to “put the learning in service learning.” There are many soup kitchens or non-transforming models of service learning where students are asked to serve needy populations but internalize and learn little about the service in their service learning. The results of a successful transforming model of service learning are presented to demonstrate how to put the learning in service learning for all students. The model integrates community institutions, residents, university faculty, staff, and undergraduate and high school students in hands-on service learning experiences that document uneven changes in the Black Metropolis of Chicago. The results reveal that the information and knowledge acquired by students transforms student knowledge as they internalize how uneven development in housing impacts community residents and their future in the original Black Metropolis of Chicago. August 6, 2006.

A Paler Shade of White Theodoric Manley Jr., Frank Holiwski, Jason Washburn
Workshop presentation designed to share lessons learned from teaching White Studies and Eradicating White Racism course at DePaul University. 2005.

Help Me, I'm Perfect Theodoric Manley Jr., Frank Holiwski, Jason Washburn
Responding to defensiveness from white participants in a class designed to eradicate white racism. 2004.





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