Jun 05

Education for Liberation: How Parents, Teachers, and Students Organize for Self-Emancipation


"The struggle for educational access and equality has been at the heart of the Black freedom movement. From pre-K to college access, black people have fought to open the structures of education, secure equitable resources, and make the curriculum and teaching staff reflect the diversity of America. Black mothers and Black students have led the way. Join Professors Hasan Jeffries, Stefan Bradley, and Ujju Aggarwal for a discussion of their new work on Education for Liberation."

-- Jeanne Theoharris


  • Ujju Aggarwal

    The New School for Social Research

    Ujju Aggarwal is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Experiential Learning in the Schools of Public Engagement and an affiliate faculty member in Global Studies and the Department of Anthropology. Her research examines questions related to public infrastructures, urban space, racial capitalism, rights, gender, and the state.

    She is currently completing her first book, The Color of Choice: Raced Rights, the Structure of Citizenship, and Inequality in Education, a historically informed ethnography of choice as it emerged in the post-Civil Rights period in the United States. Her work has appeared in popular outlets, scholarly journals, and edited volumes including Transforming Anthropology, Scholar & Feminist Online, Educational Policy, and Feminists Rethink the Neoliberal State: Inequality, Exclusion, and Change. She is co-editor of What’s race got to do with it? How current school reform policy maintains racial and economic inequality.

    In addition to her academic training, Ujju also brings a long history of working to build local and national organizations that work for educational justice, immigrants’ rights, and transformative justice as well as projects that focus on the intersection of arts and social justice, popular education, and adult literacy.

  • Stefan Bradley

    St. Louis University

    Dr. Bradley teaches at Saint Louis University including courses in African American Youth Movements in the 20th Century and Civil Rights in America, 1865-1965. His primary research area is recent U.S. history with an emphasis on the African American experience. He is fascinated with the efforts and abilities of black college students to change not only their scholastic environments but also the communities that surrounded their institutions of higher learning. He is the author of Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009), Winner of the Phillis Wheatley Book Prize.

  • Hasan Kwame Jeffries

    Ohio State University

    Dr. Jeffries is Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University. He specializes in 20th century African American history and has an expertise in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. He is the author of the newly released Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt (New York University Press, 2009). Bloody Lowndes tells the remarkable story of the local people and SNCC organizers who ushered in the Black Power era by transforming rural Lowndes County, Alabama.



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