"Covenant Keeper": Derrick Bell's Enduring Education Legacy


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Although he spent his career as a lawyer and law school professor, Derrick Bell had a profound impact on the field of education in the area of educational equity. Among many accomplishments, Bell was the first African American to earn tenure at the Harvard Law School; he also established a new course in civil rights law and produced what has become a famous casebook: Race, Racism, and American Law. The man who could rightly be called, «The Father of Critical Race Theory,» Bell was an innovator who did things with the law that others had not thought possible. This volume highlights Bell’s influence on a number of prominent education and legal scholars by identifying some of his specific work and how they have used it to inform their own thinking and practice. What is contained here is an assemblage of contributors with deep commitments to the path-breaking work of Derrick Bell – a scholar, a teacher, an activist, a mentor, and a covenant keeper.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433130342
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 10/10/2016
Series: Social Justice Across Contexts in Education Series , #3
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair of Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

William F. Tate, IV is the Dean of the Graduate School and Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

Table of Contents

Devon W. Carbado: Foreword: Critical What What? – Gloria Ladson-Billings: Introduction – Section One: Derrick Bell Teaching and Schooling – Gloria Ladson-Billings: Continuing to Sacrifice Black Children – Vinay Harpalani: "Gifted With a Second-Sight": Professor Derrick Bell the Teacher – Daniel G. Solórzano: A Critical Race Examination of McLaurin v. Oklahoma: How Derrick Bell Helped Me Understand George McLaurin’s Seat – Ana Carolina Antunes/Rosie Connor/Kathryn K. Coquemont/Kehaulani Folau/allison martin/Laura Todd/Laurence Parker: The Utility of "The Space Traders" and Its Variations as CRT Teachable Moments – Section Two: Derrick Bell and Principles of Critical Race Theory – Jamel K. Donnor: Derrick Bell, Brown, and the Continuing Significance of the Interest-Convergence Principle – David Gillborn: The Rules of Racial Standing: Critical Race Theory for Analysis, Activism, and Pedagogy – Nicola Rollock: Letter to My Unborn Daughter: My Career in the Academy—Reasons for My Mental Breakdown – Section Three: Derrick Bell on Theory – Adrienne D. Dixson: Derrick Bell’s Feminism: Profeminism, Intersection, and the Multiple Jeopardy of Race and Gender – Keffrelyn Brown: In Pursuit of Critical Racial Literacy: An (Auto)ethnographic Exploration of Derrick Bell’s Three Is – Anthony L. Brown: Derrick Bell on Race and Memory: From Abolition to Obama – William F. Tate: Afterword: The Ethics of Derrick Bell: Oh How He Loved – Contributors

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