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ERIC Number: EJ1175861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-9035
…And a Child Shall Lead Them…
Stanley, Eurydice
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v14 n1 Spr 2018
In this reflective essay, the author addresses fellow educators and their responsibility to students on issues surrounding the ongoing struggle for civil rights. She links the integration of Little Rock, Arkansas schools in 1957 with the 2018 student protest against gun violence following the Parkland, FL mass shooting. As a facilitator of diversity education and anti-bullying initiatives, her essay is grounded in her experiences with fighting for civil rights. She asserts the need for teachers and students to speak their minds in response to acts of oppression, with special attention to the school integration of Little Rock by pioneers like Elizabeth Eckford and the Little Rock Nine. The author addresses (1) their courage and resilience in persisting through violent opposition to their rights as U.S. citizens, and (2) the role of courageous allies in supporting their advocacy for their own rights and humanity. Speaking directly to teachers and school administrators, she makes points in both heartfelt and empirical ways to urge social activism against bias and bigotry and toward an equitable society. These remarks are based on her experiences at the 2018 JoLLE Winter Conference, being a diversity educator, and her role in helping Elizabeth Eckford reach a new generation of citizens with her autobiographical narrative "The Worst First Day." This reflection takes into account the legacies of (1) discrimination that continue to affect the U.S., and (2) resistance to oppression that desegregated the Little Rock (and other) school systems. This latter tradition continues today with demonstrations such as those initiated by today's youth to fight back against school violence, particularly that incurred on students through easily-available guns and weapons.
Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. 315 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602. Tel: 706-542-7866; Fax: 706-542-3817; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas (Little Rock); Florida; Virginia
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education
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