The Black Panther Party and Transformative Pedagogy

The Black Panther Party and Transformative Pedagogy : Place-based Education in Philadelphia

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The Black Panther Party and Transformative Pedagogy: Place-Based Education in Philadelphia, by Omari L. Dyson, is the first scholarly text to detail the social relief efforts of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Branch of the Black Panther Party. Through a postcolonial lens, this story captures the lived resistances, highlights the socio-historical context, and examines the discourse of former members of the Black Panther Party and local residents of Philadelphia from 1968-1974. Overall, this book provides insight from a multiplicity of sources to better capture the identity(-ies) and complexity of the organization. Not only does this text resolve a dearth in the literature that highlights the multiple facets of the Black Panther Party (especially at the local level), but it serves as a template on effective strategies for researchers, educators, and policymakers to implement on their quest for social and educational transformation.
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  • Hardback | 214 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 7 black & white halftones
  • 0739177540
  • 9780739177549

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Dyson offers an intricate, thorough, and penetrating examination of the Philadelphia Black Panthers, contextualizing their efforts within a search for transformative and uplifting approaches to teaching and learning. For anyone interested in understanding about just how powerful and politically attuned to place initiatives of the Black Panthers were, this text focused on a largely unstudied Philadelphia chapter is essential reading. Dyson brings together interviews, archival research, and Black curriculum perspectives to understand the roots of a social-educational movement. -- Erik L. Malewski, Kennesaw State University We can find the future through the past. Omari L. Dyson provides a passage, a powerful history of the Black Panthers that emphasizes the ongoing life-or-death crisis that was and-as Dyson makes compellingly clear-remains Black Philadelphia. Like the Black Panthers, Dyson demands decolonization, that exorcism-through education-of the ever-mutating evil racism represents. Impressively documented, this important book is required reading for all teachers, not only those in Philadelphia. -- William F. Pinar, University of British Columbia Omari Dyson has written an eye-opening and transformative book. Connecting learning to social change and pedagogy to the specificity of history, he has provided a brilliant book about the intersection of racism, violence, and collective struggle. Out of all of this, he makes clear that pedagogy is at the center of any viable notion of both individual and collective struggle and politics. Read this book and reimagine a world in which economic and racial justice matter and educated hope sets the foundation for collective struggle. -- Henry Giroux, author of AMERICA'S EDUCATIONAL DEFICIT AND THE WAR ON YOUTH
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About Omari L. Dyson

Omari L. Dyson is an assistant professor in the Department of Education at South Carolina State University. While serving the SCSU community, Dr. Dyson has published and co-published various works that attend to power, post-colonialism, education, cultural studies, social transformation, action research, and educational assessment.
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Table of contents

Preface, by William H. Watkins Foreword Chapter 1: Who's Buying Gold?: A Debt of a Dream Chapter 2: Time Bakes the Bred Chapter 3: Panthers "Out of Pocket" Chapter 4: Providing Community Relief Chapter 5: Panthers in a State of Siege Chapter 6: A Telling Legacy Chapter 7: The Cost of Truly Educating Chapter 8: A Brief Conversation with Omari L. Dyson Tables Endnotes Bibliography About the Author
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