This is the book we have all been waiting for! In Righting America’s Wrongs, Dr. Howard brings a brilliant, multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted approach to the issue of the education and well- being of black male youth. His analysis is cogent, compelling and caring. This book transcends divisive and distracting political debates and creates a promising path forward for all of our children. Dr. Howard demonstrates that if the nation truly cared about its future, it would support centers of learning in which all of its children developed curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and civic responsibility. These habits of mind and heart are indispensable to our very survival. Dr. Howard’s extraordinary book should be must reading for parents, educators, and policy makers. Indeed, it is must reading for anyone who cares about our future.

Michael J. Kaufman, Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of Education Law and Policy Institute, and Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law; Author of Learning Together: The Law, Policy, Economics, Pedagogy, and Neuroscience of Early Childhood Education( Rowman & Littlefield 2014) and Education Law, Policy  and Practice( 3rd. Ed. Wolters Kluwer 2013)


Excerpts the book’s forward:

 “It takes a village to raise a child.” Behind the power and inspiration in this proverb, there lurks an unanswered question that requires a more complex response: “What does it take to raise a healthy village?” I believe one of the more crucial responses to this question lies in Righting America’s Wrongs:…Dr. Howard has advocated for a unique role of natural healers whose voices deserve to be heard, given the decades of failed educational attempts. Yet, perhaps the greatest contribution of this book is its focus on caring for our youth. That caring can come from different corners of our society, but only Howard and his colleagues at the Law and Civics Reading and Writing Institute have found a way to integrate the voices of these separate entities into a think tank framework.”

Howard C. Stevenson, Jr., PhD Constance E. Clayton Professor of Urban Education and Africana Studies At the University of Pennsylvania, in the Applied Psychology and Human; Development Division at the Graduate School of Education; Author of Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference (Teachers College Press, 2014)


This powerful book details Dr. Stanley Howard’s commitment to marshaling the voices and passions of those seeking solutions to issues of educational inequity for American children of color. Their collective goal is an educational system constituted by those who have come to have a ‘rendezvous with courage,’ who seek social justice as the front line of educational reform and who cast a critical eye upon policies and practices that perpetuate injustice too long ignored. We desperately need to heed his words.

Sharon Ritchie, EdD, Senior Scientist FPG, Child Developmental Institute Director: First School, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)

This is a timely guide to what communities must do now to move educating Black males from the margin of society to the center.

Susan L. Taylor, Founder and CEO, National CARES mentoring Movement, Editor-in-Chief Emerita, Essence Magazine


In the spirit of Ujima (collective work and responsibility) and with an unwavering commitment focused on getting it right for Black children, members of The  Law and Civics Reading and Writing Institute present Righting America’s Wrongs: A Best Practices Manual for Educating Black Male Youth. Part case study and part call-to-action, it is an empowering blueprint to prepare any and all who care (particularly Black men) to provide Black boys with the social-emotional-cognitive skills and cultural foundation needed to become Black men of honor.  Not since Amos Wilson’s Awakening the Natural Genius of Black Children and the Developmental Psychology of the Black Child has there been a stronger plan and strategy for creating environments and experiences of excellence for Black children in early educational settings.

Eric K. Grimes, Senior Consultant, Institute for Black Male Achievement and Part-time Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania


Righting America’s Wrongs calls for changes in our perceptions of the Black male in America.  It is a book about what was, what is, and what could be. The author’s powerful message, rooted in both historical and contemporary issues, deems it a “must read” for all who work on behalf of children.

Ellen Lynn Hall, Executive Director, Boulder Journey School, author of Seen and Heard: Children’s Rights in Early Childhood Education


Righting America’s Wrongs: A Best Practices Manual for Educating Black Male Youth offers practical and useful content on mentoring African American males. In my opinion, the book is grounded in strong social and behavioral science research, and it has strong applicability to practice. It is certainly destine to be a resource to anyone committed to improving life outcomes for African American males.

James L. Moore III, Ph.D., Associate Provost & Director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, The Ohio State University


In this important book, Dr. Stan Howard returns to the basics: how do our children learn, and how can we create environments where they can thrive? This book reframes decades-long debates about education and our deeply held attitudes and beliefs about Black males.  This is a valuable and needed contribution to the field of Black male achievement.

Joshua and Michelle DuBois, former White House and Obama Administration staffers; co-founders, Values Partnerships