Young African American Men

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There are many explanations for someones success and there are also reason for unsuccessfulness. Some of the reasons for success may be due to family legacies and long time goals flourishing. In other cases success may not come to some people, for reasons such as lack of motivation or situations outside of their control. The focus topic of this paper is the influential forces, which motivate young African American men to succeed in life in the Atlanta, GA area. The question derived from this topic is-Does having a father effect the success of young African American men? By exploring this topic, there may be a chance to understand how success among African American men differs from the unsuccessful. If there is a chance that fathers contribute…show more content…
Success according to (Merriam-Webster, 2015) is “favorable or desired outcome; also: the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence.” Success is defined as something that can be worked for or given to someone. Young African American males all define what success is for them individually and their own definition may be what influences their level of success. Since not all the same factors contribute in the lives of young African American men, the common factor that they do all have is that of a…show more content…
In doing so there may be a chance to limit the amount of failure in that community. If fathers are significant in how prosperous their sons become, then fathers may need to be educated on the importance of fatherhood. In cases where “Self-determination” has driven individuals to succeed, they may be able to mentor future generations on how to project that from within. Davis, Jenkins and Hunt (2007) tell of their stories of how having a fatherless childhood effect their development, but it also tells of how they overcame their life obstacles. These three doctors were reared in homes where they experienced and saw a lot of things that lead them down the wrong path. Although they were going down the wrong path, they made a contract with each other to succeed. Their story is an example self-determination and having a non-paternal support system (p.
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