Talkin' Back: Raising and Educating Resilient Black Girls

Talkin' Back: Raising and Educating Resilient Black Girls

by Dierdre Paul


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The lives of Black girls have far too frequently been used to support assertions regarding their alleged deviance and pathology. These claims have public policy implications, as they have served to ignite firestorms of debate and criticism that have ultimately resulted in harsh welfare reform and other such blame-the-victim policy initiatives. This book clarifies that today's Black girls are not receiving equitable learning opportunities in school.

Many Black girls are achieving academic success and pursuing higher education despite significant impediments in their schooling. Talkin' Back offers readers specific strategies that are designed to enhance the efforts of parents and communities, as they work in partnership with schools, raising Black girls who are prepared to wisely confront societal and educational challenges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275961954
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/30/2003
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

DIERDRE GLENN PAUL is Professor of Literacy Education, Montclair State University, NJ

Table of Contents


The Status of Black Women in the Contemporary United States

All the Girls Are White, All the Boys Are Black, But Some of Us Are Brave

Coping with the Legacy of Slavery and Its Links to Childhood and Life for Contemporary Black Girls

The Role of Parents and Caregivers in Empowering Black Girls

What Is the Role of Community?

What Is the Role of Schools?


Appendix A: A Resource Guide

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