Scientific Research

Scientific Research is essential to understanding the attitudes and behaviors that helped the many highly successful African Americans reach their goals. The AFRICAN AMERICAN SUCCESS FOUNDATION (AASF) maintained the belief that defining Black Success was critical. AASF awarded grants to help build the science of African American success by studying those who were thriving in society and by encouraging others to put greater emphasis upon studying Black strengths too. Review the list of research grants awarded by AASF and the scholarly scientific reports they generated from 1999 to 2020.

Throughout its decades of operation, AASF kept its focus firmly on research because of its steadfast belief that:

  • Nothing predicts future success better than past success. It is important to understand what already works well in order to replicate this success in the future.
  • It is important to obtain information and insight from individuals who are living success. This helps to establish reference points of success, competence and high expectations, not deficit, dysfunction, and failure.
  • Knowing what works well and with whom can help inform the drafting of meaningful policy and the design of effective service programs.

Below are scholars who received AASF grants and their cutting-edge research about the success attitudes and behaviors of African American high achievers.


Examining Teacher Instructional Practices Used in Classrooms with High Achieving African American Students. Ambra L. Green, Ph.D.
Overcoming Obstacles: A Study of African American Students with Disabilities Achieving Academic SuccessBrandy Gatlin
Strategies African American Mothers Use to Promote a Positive Racial Identity in their Elementary-age Daughters Attending a Predominantly White SchoolChasity Bailey-Fakhoury
Parenting Practices Among Parents/Guardians of Academically Successful Fifth Grade African American Children in High Poverty CommunitiesCirecie West-Olatunji, Ph.D
Psychosocial Keys to African American Achievement? Examining the Relationship Between Achievement and Psychosocial Variables in High Achieving African AmericansDante Dixson & Cyrell Roberson
Gender Differences among the Psycho-social Constructs that Shape Academic Achievement for High Achieving African American AdolescentsDetris Honora Adelabu, Ed.D.
Organized Group Mentoring & Achievement: A Study of High Achieving Black AdultsDiann Cameron Kelly
Chronicles of Success: Black College Students Achieving in Mathematics and EngineeringEbony McGee
African American Students Defy the Achievement Gap: A Phenomenological StudyGloria Brown
A Study of Academically High Achieving, Economically Challenged African American Young MenJohn Young
The Impact of Social and Cognitive Factors on the Academic Achievement of High Achieving African American UndergraduatesKalynda Smith, Ph.D.
The Identification of Factors that Facilitate Academic Success of Students from African Descent in American Schools, Colleges and Other Institutions of Higher EducationLuretha Lucky, Ed.D.
Black Dads Matter! Analyzing Ambition, Parent Education, and High Math AchievementMicah Johnson
Black Male Adult Learner Success TheoryRamon Goings
Academic Success: From Welfare to Professional CareersReva Thomas, M.S.
The Sideline Stories: High-Performing-Black-Male-Student-Experiences-and-Strategies-in-Low-Performing-High-SchoolsTravis Dumas
Effective Schools, Effective Students - Breeding Animosity: The "Burden of Acting White" and Other Problems of Status Group Hierarchies in SchoolsWilliam "Sandy" Darity, Ph.D
Tomorrow's Forecast: Future Orientation As A Protective Factor Among Low-Income African American AdolescentsZena Mello, M.S.