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RIP Jim Crow

Fighting Racism through Higher Education Policy, Curriculum, and Cultural Interventions


Edited By Virginia Stead

Together we can build enough momentum to see Jim Crow lying silent and still in his grave.
This book shouts out ways that we can and must respond to the sickening accumulation of racially inspired and systemically sanctioned deaths. Today, we remember the passing of young, Black Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In responding to this event, we are determined to dismantle the alexithymia (indifference to the suffering of others) that pervades our campuses. It is nothing less than a by-product of racism protected by the illusion of democracy.
RIP Jim Crow contains three sections: (1) Antiracist Theory and Policy; (2) Antiracist Administration, Curriculum, and Pedagogy; and (3) Antiracist Cultural Interventions.
Each of the 31 chapters contributes to the normalization of anti-racist policy within academic institutions, antiracist discourse within academic cultures, and institutional praxis that upholds speaking out against racist activity. The hope is that this book will also reduce racism in the broader world through academic relationships with community partners.
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About the Contributors


[Editor’s Note: Authors’ names are followed by their chapter numbers, in parentheses.]

Dr. Mona M. Abo-Zena (21) is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Education at Brown University. Her research focuses on the role of religion and religious/spiritual development as a way of knowing and being, with a focus on religious minority and immigrant-origin youth. Her scholarship includes work on identity development among diverse youth and the roles of culture and context in promoting positive youth development and learning. Her edited books include Emerging Adults’ Religiousness and Spirituality: Meaning-Making in an Age of Transition (2014) and Transitions: The Development of Immigrant Children (in press). She earned her B.A. in sociology from the University of Chicago, Ed.M. from Harvard University, and Ph.D. in applied child development from Tufts University. Abo-Zena’s work is informed by her engagement in critical multicultural scholarship through Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) and teaching, administrative, and board experience in a range of P–16 educational contexts. Contact:

Dr. Melanie M. Acosta (9) is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Alabama. Her scholarship is focused on illuminating the transformative power of culture in creating classroom conditions that promote educational excellence for all children, and particularly African American children, and the ways in which African Americans have relied on their cultural ← 417 | 418 → ethos to resist, transform, and liberate themselves in ways that result in meaningful and non-alienating improvements...

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