Gumbo for the Soul

Males of Color Share Their Stories, Meditations, Affirmations, and Inspirations

Edited by:
Brian L. Wright Ph.D., The University of Memphis
Nathaniel Bryan, Miami University
Christopher Sewell Ed.D., Williams College
Kianga Thomas Ed.D., Norfolk State University
Lucian Yates III, Kentucky State University
Charles Barrett Ph.D., Loudoun County Public Schools
Michael Robinson Ed.D., Forest of the Rain Productions

A volume in the series: Contemporary Perspectives on Multicultural Gifted Education. Editor(s): Donna Y. Ford, Vanderbilt University. Malik S. Henfield, University of San Francisco.

Call for Chapters

In general, Boys and Men of Color in the U.S. face a number of critical academic, social, psychological and environmental issues. These academic issues include, but are not limited to, disproportional rates of suspensions and expulsions, overrepresentation in special education programs, underrepresentation in gifted education, Advanced Placement and college-preparatory programs, excessively high dropout/pushout rates, and high incidence of stereotype threat. These academic disparities are inextricably linked to negative social and environmental outcomes. These include racial discrimination, high rates of unemployment, economic hardship, adverse health conditions, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, homophobia, negative media portrayal, and racial hate-crime violence, and police brutality.

Potential Topics – Chapters submitted are from Men of Color who have overcome one or more of these challenges mentioned above. Be sure to specifically note how you “beat the odds” or overcame these adversities to become successful, and end your chapter with 2-3 pieces of advice you would leave to someone going through similar trials and tribulations. The age of authors is 24 years of age and beyond.

Submit your manuscript by August 1, 2017. All correspondence, inquiries, and manuscripts should be emailed to Please also submit your chapter at The subject line of your email should read “Gumbo Males of Color.” All manuscripts must follow APA 6th Edition. Manuscript length: 1500 to 1750 words max.NOTE: Your full name (first and last name) and email address must be included on your manuscript.

October 1, 2017 - Authors will receive notification of manuscript status with feedback from editors
November 1, 2017 – Accepted manuscripts with revisions will be returned to editors
December 1, 2017 - Final review of revised and resubmitted manuscripts by editors with decision
December 30, 2017 - Editors finalize edited book for submission to Information Age Publishing, Inc.