We Be Lovin’ Black Children
Learning to Be Literate About the African Diaspora
Published: March 2021
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Published: March 2021
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Language: English

A 2022 SPE Outstanding Book Award Winner

We Be Lovin' Black Children
is a pro-Black book. Pro-Black does not mean anti-white or anti anything else. It means that this little book is about what we must do to ensure that Black children across the world are loved, safe, and that their souls and spirits are healed from the ongoing damage of living in a world where white supremacy flourishes. It offers strategies and activities that families, communities, social organizations, and others can use to unapologetically love Black children. This book will facilitate Black children's cultural and academic excellence.

Meet the editors:  https://youtu.be/q21_yZCblk8

Perfect for courses such as: Multicultural Education | Black Education | Urban Education | Culturally Relevant Teaching

Table of Contents:



Introduction—We Be Lovin’ Black Children


Chapter 1
Open Love Letter to Black Families and Communities
Kamania Wynter-Hoyte and Gloria Swindler Boutte

Chapter 2
Say It Loud—I’m Black and I’m Proud: Beauty, Brilliance, and Belonging in Our Homes, Classrooms, and Communities
Jarvais Jackson, Saudah Collins, Janice Baines, and Valente’ Gibson

Chapter 3
Great Rising: Activities to Inspire Black Teens and Youth
Shaquetta Moultrie, Antoinette Gibson, and Julia Dawson

Chapter 4
Preparing Black Children to Identify and Confront Racism in Books, Media, and Other Texts: Critical Questions
Meir Muller

Chapter 5
Each One, Teach One: Reflections and Lessons on Mentoring Young Men of Color
Ricardo Neal and Kindel Nash

Chapter 6
We Be Family
Kayla Hostetler and Jamon Dubose

Chapter 7
The Crown on Your Head: Teaching African Diaspora Literacy Through Hair
Shayla Calhoun and Joy Howard

Chapter 8
Teaching Our Children About Blackness in the World
Lasana D. Kazembe, Leslie K. Etienne, and Tambra O. Jackson


Chapter 9
African Diaspora Literacy in Jamaica and the Wider Caribbean
Clement T. M. Lambert

Chapter 10
Lessons From Africa
Asangha Muki, Samuel Ntewusu, Moepeola Omoegun, and Berte Van Wyk

Chapter 11
LaGarrett J. King, Gloria Swindler Boutte, Joyce E. King, and George L. Johnson

Appendix A: Dimensions of African American Culture

Appendix B: Ten Principles for Black Education and Socialization

About the Authors


NOTE: Table of Contents subject to change up until publication date.

Reviews & Endorsements:

"Black parents can no longer settle for ‘the Talk’ as a defense for our children. They need information, strategies, and tactics for ensuring Black children survive AND thrive in an increasingly hostile world. We Be Lovin’ Black Children is the corrective our families need to raise the mentally, emotionally, socially, and culturally healthy children we need to ensure the legacies left over the millennia and throughout the world."

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor Emerita and the former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, past President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)

"The title, We Be Lovin’ Black Children, establishes its premise. ‘Be Lovin’ connotes an immediacy, a now-ness, a persistence that is culturally based and applicable to today’s enigmatic conditions. Give every new African and African American mother a copy of We Be Lovin’ Black Children and the intricate, complex maze through which she must meander in her quest for emotional freedom is diminished. We Be Lovin’ Black Children means we have been, are now, and will be lovin’ and minimizing the barriers that separate us. It is explicit and replete with examples of the how. With the wisdom of loving scholars and teachers, the chains of oppression are weakened and eventually severed."

Dr. Adelaide L. Sanford, Vice-Chancellor Emerita, New York State Board of Regents

"As educational systems consistently demonstrate anti-Blackness through their policies and practices, this book shows readers what it means to be pro-Black and consequently pro-Black children. By tearing down divisive barriers and unnecessary borders, the book exemplifies what is possible in a global movement dedicated to Blackness in the fight for racial justice! This book teaches as it troubles racial injustices everywhere!"

Dr. H. Richard Milner IV, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education, Vanderbilt University

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