William Darity, Ph.D. 2003

Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant Recipient

Dr. William “Sandy” Darity was awarded the African American Success Foundation’s Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant in 2003 in support of his research titled Effective Schools, Effective Students that “has identified public schools in North Carolina where black students generally have patterns of high achievement and black students in public schools in North Carolina who have attained academic success regardless of the schools they attend. The purpose of the study was to “identify the conditions that produce academic success among black students with the goal of developing strategies for replicating those conditions in other schools and among other black students”.

At AASF’s 2004 Success Summit, Dr. Darity and one of his colleagues, Dr. Karolyn Tyson, presented findings on a portion of their research that concludes that “there is no evidence of the specific racialized form of opposition to high achievement — the burden of acting white — at the elementary level. This suggests that it is not an attitude that is a cultural import from a widely held outlook in black America” though they do find “..limited evidence of racialized peer pressure against academic achivement at the high school level. The context in which it is most likely to occur is a school where black students are grossly underrepresented in the most demanding courses, e.g. Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses.” Read more about this study — Breeding Animosity: The “Burden of Acting White” and Other Problems of Status Group Hierarchies in Schools

At the time of conducting this research, Dr. Darity was serving as Arts and Sciences Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Economics and African and African American Studies at Duke University, and also was an Emeritus Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and its Director of the Institute of African American Research.

For more information about The “Burden of Acting White” research paper contact Dr. Darity’s colleague Dr. Karolyn Tyson at UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Sociology, 155 Hamilton Hall, CB# 3210, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3210.

For more information about other research supported by AASF see https://blacksuccessfoundation.org/scientific-research/