This book is written by a diverse group of educators who spent the better part of one year learning about and implementing antiracist pedagogy. We hope our work is inspiring to other educators who want to learn more about antiracist pedagogy; more than that, we hope it provides a tool to engage with and speak back against repressive policies that seek to push out antiracist pedagogies. We worry that antiracist pedagogy has become a buzzword in scholarship and public discourse — simultaneously feared, silenced, hated, misunderstood, misused, and appropriated. We believe antiracist pedagogy has a place in democratic education. Therefore, we consider this book to be a clarifying project. In it, we provide precise definitions and concrete examples to demonstrate how antiracist pedagogy is a way of teaching and learning that engages past failures of American democracy in order to inspire students to take action toward fulfilling the promise of American democracy.
Erin T. Miller (she/her/hers) is an associate professor at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). She co-developed and currently directs the Antiracist Graduate Certificate Program at UNCC. Her scholarship examines the intersection of racial identity, childhood socialization, and teacher education.
Angela V. Walker(she/her/hers), is an English teacher at West Charlotte High School and an adjunct lecturer in the Antiracist Graduate Certificate Program at UNCC. She is deeply committed to practical deployments of antiracist pedagogy, and has conducted numerous workshops exploring the intersection of faith-based epistemologies, education, and antiracism.
Introduction: The Role of Antiracist Pedagogy in Democratic Education
Angela V. Walker, Erin T. Miller, & Scott R. Gartlan
Chapter One: Antiracist Pedagogy: An Overview
Erin Miller & Angela Walker
Chapter Two: Dismantling Internalized Anti-Black Racism in Advanced English Literature Instruction
Angela V. Walker
Chapter Three: Justice is more Important than Kindness: Antiracist Pedagogy in a 1st Grade Classroom
Chapter Four: Middle School English Language Arts: My Personal Story of Exploration, Empowerment & Antiracist Teaching
Chapter Five: Confronting Scientific Racism and Eugenics in a Freshman Biology Course
Chapter Six: A Revised Narrative of the Civil Rights Movement and the Power of People in a High School History Course
Elizabeth Veilleux Haynes
Chapter Seven: Middle School Biology Students Learn How Structural Racism in the US Shaped Our COVID Experience
Chapter Eight: Intersectionality & Antiracism: Leadership Pedagogy with College
Conclusion: Necessary Damage: A Conclusion
Angela V. Walker& Erin T. Miller
Erin Miller and Angela Walker and their colleagues hoped to write a book that would support and embolden antiracist educators--in our day-to-day work with students, as well as in our defense of antiracist pedagogies and democratic education against repressive policies. They succeeded. This book is wonderful and indispensable.
Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Action is an instant classic! Dr. Erin Miller and Dr. Angela Walker masterfully guide the reader through an intellectually invigorating thought-process on the role of Antiracist Pedagogy in Democratic Education. This book fills an important void in the conversation on this topic. I highly endorse this much-needed contribution to the field of education!
Drawing from generations of “exquisite, honest pedagogy,” Antiracist Pedagogy in Action: Curriculum Development from the Field, is the truth! This engaging and highly accessible book make it readily apparent that antiracist pedagogy is best explored in unscripted, generative, and relational ways. Compellingly, this book invites and challenge educators to complicate their understandings of anti-racist pedagogies Readers will be immersed in pointed, personal, and transformation examples from teachers and teacher educators. This book is essential reading for aspiring and experienced anti-racist pedagogues alike.