Lessons in Educational Emancipation from the Radical Teaching Life of Hal Adams
Edited By Bill Ayers, Caroline Heller and Janise Hurtig
Praise for Every Person is a Philosopher
“If ‘every person is a philosopher,’ then Hal Adams was a midwife for bringing forth generations of everyday wisdom. This gathering of essays, written as if huddled at a wooden coffee table, reveals the sweet music of people and communities becoming, writing, imagining, revolting, hesitating, trying on selves, and sometimes moving to action. The words on the page embody the soft, generous spirit of Adams as he channeled the souls of Freire, Gramsci, Du Bois, C.L.R. James, and also homeless adults, rap musicians, and Somali immigrants whose names we don’t know. Hal carved small spaces where everyday people could gather to write on ordinary thought, real conditions, what has been, what is, and what must be. He asked his comrades to see themselves as writers as he invites those of us who remain, yet, to re-fashion ourselves as humble architects of the next generation of spaces, where hesitant voices and drafty writings meet politics, human (in)securities, and humor, to create a tomorrow not yet.”
Michelle Fine, Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center
“This wonderfully humane and instructive book pays tribute to Hal Adams, a community educator with a deep belief in the ability of common folk, and also pays tribute—beautiful tribute—to the writers themselves, poor people of color who arise from these pages in their eloquence and agency.”
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