Books & Resources on Black Pedagogy

Yesterday, I put the call out to my social network – Facebook family, to be precise – on written resources that speak to theories and best practices in teaching Black youth. The results blew my mind, as my social network tends to. You can find the list compiled below. May it be a blessing to you as it promises to be in my research and personal development as an educator.

  1. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire – at the top of everyone’s list without the dispute
  2. Developmental Psychology of the Black Child by Amos N. Wilson
  3. Teaching Community: Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks
  4. The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children by Gloria Ladson-Billings
  5. Wish to Live: The Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy Reader by Ruth Nicole Brown and Chamara Jewel Kwakye
  6. For White folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education by Christopher Emdin
  7. “Multiplication is for White People”: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit
  8. Beats, Rhymes and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity by Marc Lamont Hill
  9. Up Where We Belong: Helping African American and Latino Students Rise in School and in Life by Gail L. Thompson
  10. Through Ebony Eyes: What Teachers Need to Know But Are Afraid to Ask About African American Students by Gail L. Thompson
  11. Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris
  12. The Afrocentric Praxis of Teaching for Freedom: Connecting Culture to Learning by Joyce E. King and Ellen E. Swartz
  13. “The 1963 Hip-Hop Machine: Hip-Hop Pedagogy as Composition.” College Composition and Communication, vol. 54, no. 3, 2003, pp. 453–471 by Jeff Rice
  14. Too Much Schooling, Too Little Education: A Paradox of Life in White Societies by Mwalimu J. Shujaa


Of course, this list is but a starter…

What else would you add?


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