Scholar examines keys to black children's psychosocial development

by Sharita Forrest   /   Aug 26, 2013

AUGUST 26, 2013, UI NEWS BUREAU, CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The formal and informal learning opportunities provided by multigenerational black communities in the South – and how similar grassroots efforts can turn around racial disparities in academic achievement in the U.S. today – are the focus of a new book by educational researcher Saundra Murray Nettles.

In the book, titled “Necessary Spaces: Exploring the Richness of African American Childhood in the South,” Murray Nettles identifies seven experiences believed to be critical to black children’s psychosocial development – connection, exploration, design, empowerment, resistance, renewal and practice.

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