A stirring testament to the realities of Black teaching and learning in the United States and to Black educators' visions for the future.
The personal accounts, educator portraits, and research findings assembled by Darrius A. Stanley in #BlackEducatorsMatter constitute an unstinting exploration of the experiences of Black K–12 teachers in the United States. Spotlighting the invaluable work of Black educators, this volume reveals that although they are underrepresented in educational institutions, they have profound positive influence not only on students of color but also on school climate and ultimately on all of society.
Contributions from both emerging and established scholars lay out the historical and contemporary issues that confront Black educators. Viewing this landscape through the lens of BlackCrit and other race-centric perspectives, the contributors critically frame and explicitly name the challenges. They make plain that a common thread in the Black experience in US schools is antiblackness, which remains an endemic feature of US society even as recent social justice campaigns, including the Black Lives Matter movement, and public discourse on Critical Race Theory have brought greater awareness to longstanding inequities.
This work also illuminates the efforts of Black educators to fight oppression and institutionalized racism in schools. It provides strategies that district and school leadership, including superintendents and principals, can adopt to recruit, retain, and support Black educators in K–12 schools. As this volume makes clear, such efforts will play a key role in shaping a more equitable and just educational system.
Darrius A. Stanley is an assistant professor of educational leadership and Carmen Starkson Campbell Faculty Fellow of Innovation and Teacher Development at the University of Minnesota
“#BlackEducatorsMatter is a masterpiece that unflinchingly reminds us that we must significantly invest in the recruitment and retention of Black educators to save public education in the US. This collection of works highlights not only our collective commitment to liberation, but what Black educators mean for the fulfillment of Black hope, love, and possibility.” —Muhammad Khalifa, professor of educational administration and executive director of Urban and Rural Initiatives at The Ohio State University and author of Culturally Responsive School Leadership
“A must-read as we press forward toward a recommitment, recentering, and retheorizing of the work of Black educators—educators who are still essential to the social, emotional, and academic success of Black children. Contributors compel us to ponder the question, ‘how shall we sing our song in what is still a strange land for Black people.’ Scholars across disciplines who center their work in social and racial justice and critical examinations of race will benefit greatly from this book.” —Linda C. Tillman, professor emerita, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill