“Real Role Models”: The lesser known celebrities
by Marjorie Simoens
Published: March 1
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said it blatantly: “I am not a role model.”
But how is that so?
Barkley had a successful career in basketball, had the fame to follow, and the money to show for it. How do these things not equate to a role model?
According to the book “Real Role Models: Successful African Americans Beyond Pop Culture” by Joah Spearman, alumnus of the university, and Dr. Louis Harrison Jr., associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, young African Americans need positive and real role models beyond famous celebrities and athletes
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