Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Division of Education and Counseling

First Advisor

Dr. Timothy Glaude

Second Advisor

Dr. Jimmy Caldwell

Third Advisor

Dr. Renee Akbar


single Black mother resiliency, Black male achievement


The purpose of this study was to examine the lived experience of single Black mothers’ in supporting their sons’ academic achievement and to better understand their overall success. Historically, research that has been conducted on single Black mothers is viewed from a deficit lens (Copeland, 1977; Grier & Cobbs, 1968; Karon, 1958; Moynihan, 1965; Pettigrew, 1964). The role of single Black mothers has been grossly misunderstood, insinuating that they would be economically poor, uneducated, and lacked effective parenting skills. This study incorporated phenomenological and narrative methodologies, such as semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and observational field notes to capture the participants’ experiences. The results of this study yielded six themes related to the perceived educational influence of single Black mothers and the contributing factors of their influence on the overall academic performance of their son(s). Based on the research findings, this in-depth study revealed that single Black mothers are resilient, and their role is pivotal in their sons’ long-term achievement.

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