Charis welcomes Donald Yacovone in conversation with Jillian Ford for a discussion of Teaching White Supremacy: America's Democratic Ordeal and the Forging of Our National Identity. A powerful exploration of the past and present arc of America’s white supremacy—from the country’s inception and Revolutionary years to its 19th-century flashpoint of civil war; to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and today’s Black Lives Matter. This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.
In Teaching White Supremacy, Donald Yacovone shows us the clear and damning evidence of white supremacy’s deep-seated roots in our nation’s education system in a fascinating, in-depth examination of America’s wide assortment of texts, from primary readers to college textbooks and other higher-ed course materials. Sifting through a wealth of materials, from the colonial era to today, Yacovone reveals the systematic ways in which white supremacist ideology has infiltrated American culture and how it has been at the heart of our collective national identity.
And, the author argues that it is the North, not the South, that bears the greater responsibility for creating the dominant strain of race theory, inculcated throughout the culture and in school textbooks, that restricted and repressed African Americans and other minorities, even as Northerners blamed the South for its legacy of slavery, segregation, and racial injustice.
Donald Yacovone is the lifetime Associate at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. His book, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, co-written with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., won the 2014 NAACP Image Award. He is the recipient of the W.E.B. Du Bois medal, Harvard’s highest honor in the field of African American studies. Yacovone earned a Ph.D. at the Claremont Graduate University and has taught at several colleges and universities. He helped edit the Black Abolitionist Papers, and before becoming the Manager of Research and Program Development at the Hutchins Center, Yacovone was the Senior Associate Editor of Publications at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where he founded and edited the Massachusetts Historical Review. He has written widely on abolitionism, gender, the African American role in the Civil War, white supremacy, and American cultural history.
Jillian Ford is an associate professor of social studies education in the of Secondary and Middle Grades Education Department at Kennesaw State University. Ford draws on womanist and decolonial frameworks in her research and community work; she aligns herself with collaborative efforts to dismantle the status quo in schooling in the United States. In response to the anti-Black racism in Cobb County School District, she co-founded Stronger Together in 2018. Initially formed as a group with a sole focus on resisting racism in CCSD, the group has evolved to support Black youth and families in Cobb by organizing opportunities for self- exploration and community building. Ford’s published work has appeared in the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Multicultural Education, and several edited volumes. She is currently co-editing a volume that interrogates contemporary K-12 schooling with a decolonial lens, titled Disrupting Colonial Pedagogy: Theories and Transgressions. Jillian enjoys gardening, kayaking and using snail mail.
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A powerful exploration of the past and present arc of America’s white supremacy—from the country’s inception and Revolutionary years to its 19th century flashpoint of civil war; to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and today’s Black Lives Matter.
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