Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management

First Advisor

Albert Nylander

Second Advisor

Laura Martin

Third Advisor

EJ Edney

Relational Format



The shortage of Black male educators in Mississippi's public school systems is a critical issue with far-reaching implications for the state's education system. Despite the state's sizable Black population, the percentage of Black male teachers remains disproportionately low, and there is little evidence of progress being made to address this issue. This paper examines the impact of the Black male educator shortage on Mississippi's education system, the challenges faced by Black male educators, and related intervention strategies to increase the number of Black male teachers in Mississippi's public school systems. Through a comprehensive literature review and interviews with Black male superintendents as well survey responses from all school leaders across Mississippi, this study sheds light on root causes of the shortage, including systemic barriers and cultural biases, and identifies effective intervention strategies such as targeted recruitment efforts, mentorship programs, and professional development opportunities. By providing insights and recommendations, this paper aims to inspire action and promote greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in Mississippi's public education system.

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