African Americans at Risk
Issues in Education, Health, Community, and Justice [2 volumes]
by Glenn L. Starks
June 2015, 832pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0075-7
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African Americans still suffer from racial, social, and political inequality.

With all of the progress African Americans have made, they still face many risks that threaten the entire race or place segments in jeopardy of survival. This work examines the widespread problem and suggests solutions.

This two-volume set examines the issues and policies that put African Americans at risk in our culture today, utilizing the most recent research from scholars in the field to provide not only objective, encyclopedic information, but also varying viewpoints to encourage critical thinking. The entries comprehensively document how African Americans are treated differently, have more negative outcomes in the same situations than other races, and face risks due to issues inherent in their past or current social and economic conditions. Care is taken to note distinctions between subgroups and not further a “blanket approach” to the diverse members of this minority population. Intended for members of the African American community; societal scholars; students in the fields of health, social studies, and public policy; as well as general readers, this work will provide readers with a deeper understanding of key components affecting the lives of African Americans today.


  • Examines up-to-date statistical data on the primary issues negatively impacting African Americans
  • Provides extensive literary and data analysis of the issues addressed
  • Discusses what can be done to improve the condition of African Americans
  • Supplies concise background and investigates the implications of each key issue
  • Includes an extensive bibliographic list of references for all issues discussed
Glenn L. Starks, PhD, is a senior manager in the Department of Defense. Starks received his doctorate in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. His published work includes Praeger's Sexual Misconduct and the Future of Mega-Churches: How Large Religious Organizations Go Astray and coauthored with F. Eric Brooks, Greenwood's Thurgood Marshall: A Biography.


"This is an excellent resource for high school, public, and academic libraries because it offers comprehensive coverage of important issues facing all communities."—Booklist, October 15, 2015

"A solid addition to libraries supporting programs in African American studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries, all levels."—Choice, January 4, 2016
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