Maria Del Guadalupe Davidson is Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
George Yancy teaches in the Philosophy Department at Duquesne University.
This important addition to critical literacy studies:
-Demonstrates the relationship of an expanded definition of literacy to self-determination and empowerment
-Exposes unexpected sources of Black literate traditions of popular culture and memory
-Reveals how spoken word poetry, open mic events, and everyday cultural performances are vital to an understanding of Black literacy in the 21st century
By centering the voices of students, activists, and community members whose creative labors past and present continue the long tradition of creating cultural forms that restore collective, Black Literate Lives ultimately uncovers memory while illuminating the literate and literary contributions of Black people in America.