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Guest summary 1: David E. Kirkland http://davidekirkland.wordpress.com is an associate professor of English and urban education at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He is currently in the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters where he directs The Center for Applied Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Arts and Humanities. His new book is A Search Past Silence:The Literacies of Black Males.

About A Search Past Silence: The Literacies of Black Males:

This beautifully written book argues that educators need to understand the social worlds and complex literacy practices of African-American males in order to pay the increasing educational debt we owe all youth and break the school-to-prison pipeline. Key chapters on language, literacy, race, and masculinity examine how the literacies, languages, and identities of these friends are shaped by the silences of societal denial. Ultimately, A Search Past Silence is a passionate call for educators to listen to the silenced voices of Black youth and to re-imagine the concept of being literate in a multicultural democratic society.

Guest summary 2: Walt Douglas (www.waltdouglasonline.com) is retired president and majority stockholder of Avis Ford and former President of New Detroit. He is the new author of “The Activist Entrepreneur.

About the book Activist Entrepreneur: What I Learned About Business at the Urban Coalition & My Proven Keys to Personal and Career Success.

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