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The Only Black Student

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The Only Black Student is a book that evolved progressively from casual group and one on one discussions into written form during the latter years of Lull's undergraduate experience. On campus, Lull worked as a student ambassador for the Office of Minority Affairs. Additionally, he provided guidance to college-bound high school students who feared that they would not ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published May 8th 2009 by Lull Mengesha (first published May 1st 2009)
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An interesting tale of experiences as one of very few Black students in a PWI. The author was often The Only Black Student in his classes, and the things people said and did to him are as awful as you could imagine...or worse than you could imagine, depending on your own experiences.

It reads as both a collection of cautionary tales, and a How To manual.

I wonder if it would have struck me differently, had it been out when I started college in 1988. My school seemed very diverse, but my social cir
May 02, 2010 Charlotte rated it liked it
This is a very useful book for anyone either teaching or learning at a University. It opened my eyes to problems I had never considered before and made me much more aware of how alienated black students can feed at a predominantly white institution. Lull Mengesha impressed me with his determination and his ability to change his study habits. The writing is a bit rough, as you would expect from a non-professional writing and it is clearly written by and for a male perspective. Still, an ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Charlie rated it liked it
A very interesting read even though it was quite different to what I expected. I thought it would be more instructional; instead it seemed to be a commentary of the author's experiences.

For the most part these were entertaining and insightful, but many were of little use when the author discussed specific social practices, cultural nuances specific to black males or related discrimination in America.
Sep 17, 2009 Michele rated it really liked it
For any first generational college student, this is a must read. The text isn't overbearing, rather its conversational and anecdotal pace allows the reader to really get a sense of what attending a predominantly white school as a person of color in a manner that that doesn't scare but sheds light.

Having been in a similar situation as Mengesha, I'm glad to be able to reach for this book as an addendum to the questions and concerns my own children will more than likely experience.
Sep 10, 2009 Danielle rated it really liked it
I definitely recommend this book. I wish I had this device when I was in college!! It does have a strong 'male' perspective, but it's great for any and all (including teachers and other students of non-Black ethnicity).
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Shelves: nonfiction, race
I was reading this book at the bus stop today and it initiated a conversation with a guy who was an Only Black Student, in Missouri in the late 80's. I told him how awesome the book is and how all students should read it, not just students of color. Maybe he'll go buy a copy. I know I will.
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