Photos & Video: Dr. Douglas Holds Book Signing

October 6, 2016

Dr. Ty-Ron Douglas released his latest book – Border Crossing Brothas: Black Males Navigating Race, Place and Complex Space – at book signing at Brown and Co, saying that he wanted to come back to Bermuda to launch the project.

Saying he is a “product of the village,” Dr Douglas said he wanted to “acknowledge the village,” and thanked a number of people for helping him along his journey, with the first mention going to his mother, who he called an “amazing woman.”

Dr. Douglas, a Bermudian, serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and an affiliate faculty member of the Black Studies program at the University of Missouri.

The book’s description said, “Border Crossing Brothas examines how Black males form identities, define success, and utilize community-based pedagogical spaces [e.g., sport venues, barbershops, churches] to cross literal and figurative borders.


“The tragic deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and numerous others from Brooklyn, Britain, and Bermuda whose lives have been taken prematurely suggest that negotiating race, place, and complex space is a matter of life and death for Black males.

“In jurisdictions such as the U.S. and Bermuda, racial tensions are the palpable and obvious reality, yet the average citizen has no idea how to reasonably respond. This book offers a ‘reasonable response’ that pushes readers to account for and draw on the best of what we know, the core of who we are, and the needs and histories of those we serve.

“Drawing on the educational and socializing experiences of Black males in Bermuda—a beautiful yet complex island with strong connections to the U.S., England, and the Caribbean—this book offers educators and leaders new language for postcolonial possibilities and emancipatory epistemologies related to Black male identities and success in a global context.”

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  1. Onion Juice says:

    After 400 years of disrespect, abuse, rape,murder, social, educational, economic and political bias, this is well needed.

  2. wondering says:

    @Onion Juice – “After 400 years of disrespect, abuse, rape,murder, social, educational, economic and political bias” not much has changed and WE HAVE THE TOOLS BUT NOT THE WILL!!!!

  3. Island Musings says:

    I was lucky enough to hear Dr. Douglas speak at the Vision Awards on Monday night – he had a great message for the students and parents present. I wish more could have heard it. Congratulations to Dr Douglas for his hard work and success – would love to see him come back and perhaps be the Commissioner of Education one day.