Thinking About Black Education
An Interdisciplinary Reader
Published: February 2023
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Published: February 2023
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Language: English

In this pioneering interdisciplinary reader, Hilton Kelly and Heather Moore Roberson have curated essential readings for thinking about black education from slavery to the present day.

The reading selections are timeless, with both historical and contemporary readings from educational anthropology, history, legal studies, literary studies, and sociology to document the foundations and development of Black education in the United States. In addition, the authors highlight scholarship offering historical, conceptual, and pedagogical gems that shine a light on Black people’s enduring pursuit of liberatory education. This book is an invitation to a broad audience, from people with no previous knowledge to scholars in the field, to think critically about Black education and to inspire others to uncover the agency, dreams, struggles, aspirations, and liberation of Black people across generations.

Thinking About Black Education: An Interdisciplinary Reader will address essential readings in African-Americans’ education. The text is inspired by the editors’ diverse backgrounds in interdisciplinary scholarship and professional communities. Necessary after 400 years of struggle for people of African-American descent to become fully-educated citizens with all the rights and privilege that true freedom brings, it can serve as a cornerstone during this quadricentennial moment by showcasing canonical, cutting-edge, and essential scholarship that people of African descent have produced in the United States.

The collection includes many of the great foundational thinkers and writers of the last 100 years. Selections include work from:

• Heather Andrea Williams
• James D. Anderson
• Elizabeth McHenry
• D. M. Douglas
• Vanessa Siddle Walker
• Thomas Sowell
• Trudier Harris
• Signithia Fordham and John U. Ogbu
• A. A. Akom
• Mano Singham
• Gloria Ladson-Billings
• bell hooks
• William F. Tate IV
• James Earl Davis
• Emery Petchauer
• Michael J. Dumas and kihana miraya ross

Thinking About Black Education is an essential text for a variety of Black Studies courses, but it should also appeal to a broader audience of students and scholars interested in racial equity and social justice across the disciplines.

Perfect for courses such as:  Black Education from Slavery to Freedom │ Foundations of American Education │ Introduction to Africana Studies │ Introduction to Foundations of Education │ Schools & Society │ Race and Education │ African American Education │ African American Philosophy │ Education in African American Culture

Table of Contents:



Part I

Introduction: Out From the Gloomy Past

Selection 1: In Secret Places: Acquiring Literacy in Slave Communities – Heather Andrea Williams

Selection 2: Ex-Slaves and the Rise of Universal Education in the South, 1860–1880 – James D. Anderson

Selection 3: Spreading the Word: The Cultural Work of the Black Press – Elizabeth McHenry

Selection 4: The Spread of Northern School Segregation, 1890–1940 – D. M. Douglas

Selection 5: Organized Resistance and Black Educators’ Quest for School Equality, 1878–1938 – Vanessa Siddle Walker

Selection 6: Patterns of Black Excellence – Thomas Sowell

Selection 7: The Price of Desegregation – Trudier Harris

Part II

Introduction: A (Black) Nation at Risk?

Selection 8: Black Students’ School Success: Coping With the Burden of “Acting White” – Signithia Fordham and John U. Ogbu

Selection 9: Reexamining Resistance as Oppositional Behavior: The Nation of Islam and the Creation of a Black Achievement Ideology – A. A. Akom

Selection 10: The Canary in the Mine: The Achievement Gap Between Black and White Students – Mano Singham

Selection 11: Toward a Theory of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy – Gloria Ladson-Billings

Selection 12: Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom – bell hooks

Selection 13: Toward a Critical Race Theory of Education – Gloria Ladson-Billings and William F. Tate IV

Selection 14: Early Schooling and Academic Achievement of African American Males – James Earl Davis

Selection 15: “Those Loud Black Girls”: (Black) Women, Silence, and Gender “Passing” in the Academy – Signithia Fordham

Selection 16: Framing and Reviewing Hip-Hop Educational Research – Emery Petchauer

Selection 17: “Be Real Black for Me”: Imagining BlackCrit in Education – Michael J. Dumas and kihana miraya ross


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