Cultural Collision in Urban Schools

  • Floyd Beachum University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Carlos McCray Alabama State University


Young African Americans face several critical issues such as dire economic circumstances, peer pressure, random violence, and feelings of alienation from the cultural mainstream in America. Black popular culture for these youth creates a value system born out of these same issues. This analysis will address the influence of Black popular culture on African American urban youth and its subsequent intersection with the culture found in secondary schools (cultural collision). Black popular culture will be examined through the use of two components: hip-hop culture and television media. Current literature as related to the topics discussed will be used to make recommendations.

Author Biographies

Floyd Beachum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Carlos McCray, Alabama State University

Dr. Carlos McCray is an assistant professor of educational administration at Alabama State University, where he teaches school law, foundations of education administration, and mentoring in education. His research interests include: organizational change, organizational diversity, and school law.

How to Cite
Beachum, F., & McCray, C. (1). Cultural Collision in Urban Schools. Current Issues in Education, 7(4). Retrieved from