Talkin Black Talk: Language, Education, and Social Change

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Talkin Black Talk captures an important moment in the history of language and literacy education and the continuing struggle for equal language rights. Published 50 years after the Brown decision, this volume revisits the difficult and enduring problem of public schools' failure to educate Black children and revises our approaches to language and literacy learning in today's culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. Bringing together some of the leading scholars in the study of Black Language, culture, and education, this book presents creative, classroom-based, hands-on pedagogical approaches (from Hip Hop Culture to the art of teaching narrative reading comprehension) within the context of the broader, global concerns that impact schooling (from linguistic emancipation to the case of Mother Tongue Education in South Africa).

This landmark work: Presents an interdisciplinary approach on language education, with contributions from leading experts in education, literacy, sociolinguistics, anthropology, and literary studies. Contextualizes the education of marginalized youth within the continuing struggle for equal language rights, and promotes an action agenda for social change. Includes a powerful afterword by Geneva Smitherman-the leading scholar on issues of Black Language and Education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807747476
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/2006
  • Series: Multicultural Education Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

H. Samy Alim is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCLA and John Baugh is the Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts and Sciences, Chair of African and African American Studies Program at Washington University.
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Table of Contents


Poem for Black English   June Jordan     v
Series Foreword   James A. Banks     ix
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction: Black Language, Education, and Social Change: Continuing the Struggle for Equal Language Rights 50 years After Brown   H. Samy Alim   John Baugh     1
Language, Literacy, and Liberation
"The Whig Party Don't Exist in My Hood": Knowledge, Reality, and Education in the Hip Hop Nation   H. Samy Alim     15
The Ebonics Phenomenon, Language Planning, and the Hegemony of Standard English   Charles E. DeBose     30
Developing Academic English for Standard English Learners   Noma LeMoine   Sharroky Hollie     43
The Art and Science of Teaching Narrative Reading Comprehension: An Innovative Approach   Angela Rickford     56
Culture, Communication, and Consciousness
The Power of the Rap: The Black Idiom and the New Black Poetry   Geneva Smitherman     77
Sounds Bouncin Off Paper: Black Language Memories and Meditations   Sonia Sanchez     92
African American Communicative Practices: Improvisation, Semantic License, and Augmentation   Arthur K. Spears     100
Toward Linguistic Emancipation
Linguistic Emancipation in Global Perspective   John Baugh   GenevaSmitherman     115
If Our Children Are Our Future, Why Are We Stuck in the Past? Beyond the Anglicists and the Creolists, and Toward Social Change   Sonja Lanehart     132
Mother-Tongue Education and the African Renaissance, with Special Reference to South Africa   Neville Alexander     142
Afterword   Geneva Smitherman     153
References     157
About the Contributors     177
Index     181
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