Black Women and Social Justice Education

Legacies and Lessons

Edited by Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea D. Domingue, and Tania D. Mitchell

Subjects: African American Studies, Women's Studies, Education, Higher Education, Cultural Studies
Series: SUNY series, Praxis: Theory in Action
Hardcover : 9781438472959, 396 pages, February 2019
Paperback : 9781438472942, 396 pages, February 2019

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Table of contents


Foreword: Black Women Rising: Jumping Double-Dutch with a Liberatory Consciousness
Barbara J. Love and Valerie D. Jiggetts

Introduction: Black Women’s Educational Philosophies and Social Justice Values of the 94 Percent
Stephanie Y. Evans, Andrea D. Domingue, and Tania D. Mitchell

Part I: Examining Identity and Theory

1. Gone Missin’: The Absence of Black Women’s Praxis in Social Justice Theory
Tania D. Mitchell

2. Social Justice Education and Luxocracy
Layli Maparyan

3. When Intersections Collide: Young Black Women Combat Sexism, Racism, and Ageism in Higher Education
Jaymee Lewis-Flenaugh, Eboni N. Turnbow, and Sharee L. Myricks

4. Standing Outside of the Circle: The Politics of Identity and Leadership in the Life of a Black Lesbian Professor
Judy A. Alston

5. Black Feminist Thought: A Response to White Fragility
Michele D. Smith and Maia Niguel Moore

6. The Reproduction of the Anti-Black Misogynist Apparatus in U.S. and Latin American Pop Culture
Natasha Howard

Part II: Evaluating Foundations and Generations

7. A Seat at the Table: Mary McLeod Bethune’s Call for the Inclusion of Black Women During World War II
Ashley Robertson Preston

8. The Life of Dovey Johnson Roundtree (1914–2018): A Centenarian Lesson in Social Justice and Regenerative Power
Katie McCabe and Stephanie Y. Evans

9. This Ain’t Yo’ Mama’s Revolution—Or Maybe It Is: #TakeBackTheFlag and the New Student Activism
Shennette Garrett-Scott and Dominique Garrett-Scott

10. We Got a Lot to Be Mad About: A Seat at Solange’s Table
Bettina L. Love and Sarah Abdelaziz

Part III: Positing Pedagogy

11. Black, Female, and Teaching Social Justice: Transformative Pedagogy for Challenging Times
Robin Brooks

12. Moments in the Danger Zone: Encountering “Non-Racist,” “Non-Racial,” and “Non-Color-Seeing” Do-Gooders
Michelle R. Dunlap, Christina D. Burrell, and Penney Jade Beaubrun

13. And the Tree is NOT ALWAYS Happy!: A Black Woman Authentically Leading and Teaching Social Justice in Higher Education
Colette M. Taylor

14. Effectively Teaching the One Course on Race and Culture: Critical Explorations from a Black Woman Social Justice Teacher Educator
Keffrelyn D. Brown

15. Social Conceptions and the Angst of Mentoring Women of Diverse Backgrounds in Higher Education
Brenda L. H. Marina

Part IV: Reinforcing Activism and Community Building

16. Navigating the Complexities of Race-Based Activism
Cherjanét D. Lenzy

17. Storytelling: Advising Black Women Student Leaders in White Spaces
Lydia Washington

18. Reflections on Moving Theory to Praxis: Dialectical Engagements of Black Women Faculty in an Urban High School Space
Chrystal A. George Mwangi and Keisha L. Green

19. Scholarly Personal Narrative of an Inaugural Chief Diversity Officer: A Primer for Municipality Leaders
Malika Carter

Part V: After Words

20. The Dialectic of Radical Black Feminism
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

21. For Black Women Who Educate for Social Justice and Put Their Time, Lives, and Spirits on the Line
Rhonda Y. Williams

Concluding Thoughts: Black Women Educators, Healing History, and Developing a Sustainable Social Justice Practice
Andrea D. Domingue and Stephanie Y. Evans


Focuses on Black women’s experiences and expertise in order to advance educational philosophy and provide practical tools for social justice pedagogy.


Black Women and Social Justice Education explores Black women's experiences and expertise in teaching and learning about justice in a range of formal and informal educational settings. Linking historical accounts with groundbreaking contributions by new and rising leaders in the field, it examines, evaluates, establishes, and reinforces Black women's commitment to social justice in education at all levels. Authors offer resource guides, personal reflections, bibliographies, and best practices for broad use and reference in communities, schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Collectively, their work promises to further enrich social justice education (SJE)—a critical pedagogy that combines intersectionality and human rights perspectives—and to deepen our understanding of the impact of SJE innovations on the humanities, social sciences, higher education, school development, and the broader professional world. This volume expands discussions of academic institutions and the communities they were built to serve.

Stephanie Y. Evans is Professor and Chair of African American Studies, Africana Women's Studies, and History at Clark Atlanta University. Her books include Black Women's Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability (coedited with Kanika Bell and Nsenga K. Burton) and African Americans and Community Engagement in Higher Education: Community Service, Service-Learning, and Community-Based Research (coedited with Colette M. Taylor, Michelle R. Dunlap, and DeMond S. Miller), both also published by SUNY Press. Andrea D. Domingue is Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion at Davidson College. Tania D. Mitchell is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Minnesota. She is the coeditor (with Krista M. Soria) of Educating for Citizenship and Social Justice: Practices for Community Engagement at Research Universities.


"This is an exciting and engaging text that provides invaluable insights and strategies used by Black women as they engage in their justice work. These strategies will be helpful for diversity trainers, social justice educators, administrators, and anyone interested in resisting oppression and furthering social justice goals in higher education. " — Sabrina Ross, coeditor of Beyond Retention: Cultivating Spaces of Equity, Justice, and Fairness for Women of Color in U. S. Higher Education

"Uplifting, powerful, and inspirational. " — Tara L. Parker, coauthor of The State of Developmental Education: Higher Education and Public Policy Priorities