The session is based on a journal article written by Dr. Jason Johnson called "Who's Afraid of the Big Black Man?". In this session we will talk about views express in the article. Black men are often perceived as being aggressive, violent, and physical larger than their white counterparts. the negative perception of Black man, particularly big Black men, often leads to negative encounters with police, educators, and society as a whole. Dr. Johnson will talk about the recurring theme of Black men being unjustly killed by the police, their character being assassinated in their death and the emotional toll that big men endure from these incidents.
Dr. Johnson is a 1997 graduate of Honey Grove High School in Honey Grove, Texas. He earned a football scholarship to Oklahoma State University where he graduated with a BS in Health Promotion and a minor in Business in 2002. He then went on to earn a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis on urban environment from Langston University. Recently, Jason completed a PhD in Social Foundations in Education with a cognate in Higher Education Leadership. Equipped with his passion for learning and his desire to experience new cultures, Jason has studied abroad in countries such as Belize, France, Senegal, The Gambia, Ghana and Pueblo, Mexico.
Jason has over 15 years of experience within student services, having served as the Director of Upward Bound at the University of Oklahoma and working with Educational Talent Search at Langston University. As Coordinator of African American Affairs at Oklahoma State University, he assists students in refining their academic skills and utilizing campus resources, promotes understanding of the student’s culture and respect for other cultures, and serves as advisor for the African American Student Association. Currently, Jason is the Acting Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Langston University.
In addition, Dr. Johnson was recently published in the Journal of Educational Studies, where he challenged educators to become more socially involved in the issues that are facing African American students on college campuses and public spaces. Brining his passion for students, travel and research together, Jason is currently developing a study abroad course for students that will explore post-colonial effects on marginalized populations in the Global South.
On a personal note, Jason and his wife Courtney have three children—Aiden, 11, Ashlyn, 9 and newborn, Austin. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, American Educational Research Association, NASPA and volunteers his time with Man Up, a local non-profit organization focused on gang prevention.