Academic journal article The Journal of Negro Education

Passing the Torch: The Future of Education in the Black Community Is in Our Hands

Academic journal article The Journal of Negro Education

Passing the Torch: The Future of Education in the Black Community Is in Our Hands

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When the call for abstracts for this historical special issue was disseminated in December 2010, the educational community responded with great excitement. As guest editors of this special issue, it was difficult for us to turn away timely ideas around diese two critical issues addressed in this special issue. We received more than 100 abstracts from scholars in the U.S. and Europe. The quality of tiie ideas represented in die abstracts and die limited number of spaces for pubUcation, made it quite challenging for us to select the final coUection of articles presented in tins special issue. Your response to the initial caU for abstracts shows that we all - regardless of race, gender, and research discipline, must add our voices to these issues if we are to realize the change that is needed for Black students in America's public schools.

We sincerely thank The Journal of Negro Education for dedicating a special issue to this compeUing topic. For nearly eight decades, The Journal has been at die forefront of discussions about Black educational issues. It had informed, critiqued, and helped to (re)imagine educational outcomes for Black students at all levels of education. We are truly humbled to add to die great legacy of JNE.

As die educational community, parents, practitioners, and poUcymakers read die pages of this special issue, we hope that it helps to inform the reader on the imperative issues surrounding teaching Black students and developing Black teachers, and inspires tiiem to create or (re-imagine) ways they can contribute to improved educational outcomes for all students, particularly Black students. We believe die scholarship presented in these pages represents a diversity of thinking on a crucial topic. …

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