Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Carla Sparks, Ed.D

Second Advisor

Dawn Coffin, Ed. D



This qualitative study was conducted to inform the present educational system concerning what is known about Black American male former principals and district leaders and how they affected Black American male students in closing the academic achievement gap. The context of this inquiry was an examination of three Black American male former principals/district leaders in one region of the United States, and the study focused on how they used their life and professional experiences to help Black American male students in their schools to close the academic achievement gap. Three themes were acknowledged in this investigation: the impact of having a strong Black American male in their lives, ensuring effective professional development was offered in the schools they led, and the importance of a diverse and culturally competent faculty that included Black teachers.


This dissertation involves how Black American males are needed in the lives of Black American males students.