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ERIC Number: EJ922707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
Doing the Work: A Portrait of an African American Mother as an Education Activist
Kakli, Zenub
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v43 n2 p175-195 Jun 2011
In recent years, much research has documented the benefits of parent involvement and offered strategies on how educators can encourage parents' trade; participation in their children's education. While the literature has brought much needed attention to school-family relationships, little is known about parents who are activists for educational improvement beyond their own children's schooling and who concern themselves with district policymaking and governance. This article offers a portrait of one African American mother who is an education activist in Boston, Massachusetts. Drawing on social movement and Black feminist theories, the portrait documents how and why she has devoted her life to educational reform and equity with an emphasis on racial equality. The article concludes with a discussion of two possible factors that contribute to the making of an education activist: the development of a political racial identity and educators' support for education activism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts