life history, critical pedagogy, educational leadership
We describe the lived experiences of a Black Woman educational leader who has studied and worked in the academy and in the field of K-12 education. This partial life history, excavated through the tenets of Critical Race Theory (CRT), illuminates the social construction of race and the pervasiveness and permanence of racism. We determined through a series of interviews that the participant's resilient resistance is guided by critical spirituality so that circumstances and people who challenge her also confront this source of power. Her lived experience, from student to faculty member, conveys the challenges and opportunities she faces and adds to the scholarship to better understand anti-oppressive education. As a result of our study we derived implications for practice which include suggested institutional efforts to build support structures for Black women and shift academic culture. Also, there are recommendations which include conducting socially and culturally responsible and responsive mining of the contributions of Black women and providing culturally relevant support to sustain Black woman scholars and practitioners in education and educational leadership at all levels.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
The Negro Educational Review, v. 62/63, no. 1-4, p. 41-66
Scholar Commons Citation
Agosto, Vonzell and Karanxha, Zorka, "Resistance Meets Spirituality in Academia: "I Prayed on It!"" (2011). Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Faculty Publications. 7.
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