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Education Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 683035, 13 pages
Research Article

Race Has Always Mattered: An Intergeneration Look at Race, Space, Place, and Educational Experiences of Blacks

Department of Human Development, College of Community and Public Affairs, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000, USA

Received 3 June 2014; Revised 2 September 2014; Accepted 10 September 2014; Published 1 October 2014

Academic Editor: David Neumann

Copyright © 2014 Denise G. Yull. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Within school settings race continues to be one of the most formidable obstacles for Black children in the United States (US) school system. This paper expands the discussions of race in education by exploring how the social links among race, space, and place provide a lens for understanding the persistence of racism in the educational experiences of Black children. This paper examines how differences in a rural versus urban geographical location influence a student’s experience with race, racism, and racial identity across four generations of Black people in the context of school and community. Implications for research and practice are discussed.