Activism as Education
Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Diversifying Pathways in P-20 Education
Published by: Michigan State University Press
Imprint: Michigan State University Press
We live at a time when the need for resistance has come front and center to international consciousness. Rise Up! Activism as Education works to advance theory and practice-oriented understandings of multiple forms of and relationships between racial justice activism and diverse and transnational educational contexts. Here contributors provide detailed accounts and examinations—historical and contemporary, local and international—of active resistance efforts aimed at transforming individuals, institutions, and communities to dismantle systems of racial domination. They explore the ways in which racial justice activism serves as public education and consciousness-raising and a form of education and resistance from those engaged in the activism. The text makes a case for activism as an educational concept that enables organizers and observers to gain important learning outcomes from on-the-ground perspectives as it explores racial justice activism, specifically in the context of community and campus activism, intersectional activism, and Black diasporic liberation. This volume is an essential handbook for preparing both students and activists to effectively resist.
"Around the world, university students of color have tired of fraudulent political discourses of racialized normativity that have violently betrayed subaltern dreams of justice. In response, they are rising to resist and challenge the destructive impact and persistence of racialized and economic subjugation on their lives and their communities. Anchored in the critical power of a Black feminist tradition, Rise Up! Activism as Education engages this reality not only through incisive critique and analysis of contemporary issues but also by advancing a much-needed call to action—if we are to genuinely dismantle and reinvent the oppressive conditions of education and society that defy our liberation."
—Antonia Darder, Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership, Loyola Marymount University, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Education, University of Johannesburg
"RiseUp! Activism as Education expresses the ideas and aspirations of a new generation of student and scholar activists who feel compelled to wake up, stand up, step up, and speak up. It presents firsthand accounts from the front lines of struggle that delineate the work of an outpouring of creative and critical collaborations among people who refuse the unlivable destinies intended for them as a first step for forging new democratic practices and possibilities."
—George Lipsitz, author of The Possessive Investment in Whiteness