Ivory Toldson Gives Most Profound Statement of the Day

With a profound question, Howard University Professor Ivory Toldson challenges attendees at the Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

JACKSON, Miss.– Leading off the speakers for today’s Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans,  Dr. Ivory Toldson, who happens to be on the faculty at my alma mater (Howard University), left us with a question that I think was the question of the day:

Dr. Ivory Toldson serves as deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.




This question is absolutely important for those of us in journalists– when it comes to asking question about the “bad news” narratives that are often associated with African American males and their lack of achievement.

Toldson’s presentation set the stage for a day of discussions that required everyone to operate from a position of fact not fiction.    He showed the value of the academic researcher who can utilize social scientific research methods to question and critique statements that often are based in exaggeration of hyperbole.

In one such case, Toldson says his own enrollment as a black male student at a university was  being overlooked as scholars claimed there was an absence of black males.

His profound question challenges  anyone or group who is embarking on an effort to call attention to the achievement or opportunity gap for students of color.



Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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