Articles by: Andres Bateman, Annika Dalén, Sabine Enko, Andrew Elder, Rupert Friederichsen, Natalia Gómez, Valerie Hudson, Susan Lewis, Eirik Breivik Minde, Diego Pieschacón, Edgar Urrea
Activities by: Ana M. Caro, Ana María Gallardo, Paula Hernández, Simón Otero, Mikkel Stokke
Reviewers: Diana Dragieva, Sabine Enko, Andreas Mjelva
Special thanks to: Mónica Amado, Nicolás Carvajal, Ana María Cueva, Diana Dragieva, Andrew Elder, Sabine Enko, Tora Figenschow, Rupert Friederichsen, Sebastian Jaramillo, Alex Jefferson, Iván Lalinde, Matt Nahan, Quinn Porter, Sebastián Ramírez, Vicky Tuff, Gerardo del Valle, Ian Wallbridge, Fernando Zamora
Design & illustration: Camila Barrera Daza
This publication was funded by The Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU).
A friend of luminaries including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers, and the forebear of today’s popular black comics, including Larry Wilmore, W. Kamau Bell, Damon Young, and Trevor Noah, Dick Gregory was a provocative and incisive cultural force for more than fifty years. As an entertainer, he always kept it indisputably real about race issues in America, fearlessly lacing laughter with hard truths. As a leading activist against injustice, he marched at Selma during the Civil Rights movement, organized student rallies to protest the Vietnam War; sat in at rallies for Native American and feminist rights; fought apartheid in South Africa; and participated in hunger strikes in support of Black Lives Matter.
In this collection of thoughtful, provocative essays, Gregory charts the complex and often obscured history of the African American experience. In his unapologetically candid voice, he moves from African ancestry and surviving the Middle Passage to the creation of the Jheri Curl, the enjoyment of bacon and everything pig, the headline-making shootings of black men, and the Black Lives Matter movement. A captivating journey through time, Defining Moments in Black History explores historical movements such as The Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as cultural touchstones such as Sidney Poitier winning the Best Actor Oscar for Lilies in the Field and Billie Holiday releasing Strange Fruit.
An engaging look at black life that offers insightful commentary on the intricate history of the African American people, Defining Moments in Black History is an essential, no-holds-bar history lesson that will provoke, enlighten, and entertain.
Important reading for anyone who is genuinely committed to promoting educational equity and excellence for all children, this accessible book:Outlines the changing racial, ethnic, and cultural demographics in U.S. schools. Calls for educators to pay serious attention to how race and culture play out in school settings.Presents empirical data from schools that have improved achievement outcomes for racially and culturally diverse students.Focuses on ways in which educators can partner with parents and communities.
“This book will be challenging for some readers and affirming for others. It is at times disheartening and at other times inspiring; sometimes anguishing but always enlightening.”
—From the Foreword by Geneva Gay, University of Washington–Seattle, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching, Second Edition
“Tyrone Howard provides a multi-dimensional and textured look at why students of color continue to struggle in the nation's schools. However, he does not stop there. This book points toward the solutions we have been seeking--partnerships, principles, and persistence.”
—Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin–Madison