On November 14th, 2022, a group of Black community leaders from the Saint Louis, Missouri, area met to discuss their experiences with the serious issues surrounding urban schools in their communities. Although this discussion is specific to a particular time and place, the concerns expressed, and solutions, offered are transferrable to many other communities in the United States. Dr. Adrienne Dixson moderated the discussion. This article is a verbatim transcription of their discussion with minor edits to facilitate ease of readability. The voices of the participants have been preserved. (Adrienne Dixson = AD; Dionne Ferguson = DF; Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris = JLH; Art McCoy = AMC; Cynthia Chapple = CC; Aaron Williams = AW).
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This roundtable was funded in part by the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professorship of Urban Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the Spencer Foundation’s Lyle M. Spencer Research Award, both held by Dr. Jerome E. Morris. Thanks to the members of SANKOFA at the Center for Communally Bonded Research (communallybonded.org) for input: Dr. Jacquelyn A. Lewis-Harris, Dr. Tenille Rose-Martin, Dr. Claire Martin, Luimil Negron, Nicole Misra, and Rev. jeff obafemi carr. A special thanks to Dr. Joan Dodgson for the editorial support.
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology