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«Covenant Keeper»

Derrick Bell’s Enduring Education Legacy


Edited By Gloria Ladson-Billings and William Tate

Although he spent his career as a lawyer and law school professor, Derrick Bell had a profound impact on the field of education in the area of educational equity. Among many accomplishments, Bell was the first African American to earn tenure at the Harvard Law School; he also established a new course in civil rights law and produced what has become a famous casebook: Race, Racism, and American Law. The man who could rightly be called, «The Father of Critical Race Theory,» Bell was an innovator who did things with the law that others had not thought possible. This volume highlights Bell’s influence on a number of prominent education and legal scholars by identifying some of his specific work and how they have used it to inform their own thinking and practice. What is contained here is an assemblage of contributors with deep commitments to the path-breaking work of Derrick Bell – a scholar, a teacher, an activist, a mentor, and a covenant keeper.


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192 | contributors Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also affiliated faculty in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and the Center for Women and Gender Studies. Her research focuses on the sociocultural knowledge of race in teaching and curriculum, critical multicultural teacher education, and discourses surrounding the (educational) experiences of Black Americans in the US. She has published work in Harvard Education Review, Teachers College Record, Race Ethnicity and Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education. Keffrelyn is a former elementary and middle school English teacher and school administrator. Rosie Marie Connor currently serves as the director of Institutional Advance- ment at Snow College. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Com- munications and Social Sciences Departments. She has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from the University of Illinois, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Southern California. She is currently working on her doctorate in educational leadership and policy at the University of Utah. Her research interests include an examination of gradu- ate education policies and their impact in addressing social, gender, and eco- nomic challenges that impact women of color in pursuing graduate degrees in STEM fields of study. Her volunteer and civic involvement includes activities and charitable causes that affect marginalized communities locally, nationally, and globally. Kathryn Kay Coquemont is a PhD student in educational leadership & policy at the University of Utah. She also serves as the University of Utah’s director of new student & family...

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