Term of Award

Fall 2011

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Ming Fang He

Committee Member 1

Meca Williams-Johnson

Committee Member 2

John Weaver

Committee Member 3

Wynnetta Scott-Simmons

Abstract

I have recognized that a sense of belonging and recognition of community spirit are key to the education and liberation of African Americans. I hope we will learn from the experience of my participants during the Albany Movement. I hope that educators and students build allies with parents, administrators, and other educational workers to organize freedom movements to battle against all forms of oppression, suppression, and repression. Teachers and educators continue to work to find ways to create hopes and dreams for students to reach their "highest potential" (Vanessa Siddle-Walker, 1996) instead of disciplining their bodies and imprisoning their minds. I call for a curriculum of caring and justice, that was lost during the process of integration, and that, I believe, helps motivate, organize, and liberate all students to become active participants and positive changing agents in cultivating a better and just human condition for all in a contested world.

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