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EMC CPD Online: Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy

Drawing on her research and experience of teaching in Detroit schools, Dr. April Baker-Bell will discuss how anti-Black linguistic racism and white linguistic supremacy get normalised in teacher attitudes, curriculum and instruction, pedagogical approaches, disciplinary discourse, and research.

She will discuss the impact this normalisation has on Black students’ language education and their linguistic, racial, and intellectual identities. Dr. Baker-Bell will discuss a new way forward through Antiracist Black Language Pedagogy, a pedagogical approach that intentionally and unapologetically places Black Language at the centre of Black students’ language education to develop their linguistic consciousness. 


Dr. April Baker-Bell is a transdisciplinary teacher-researcher-activist and Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education in the Department of English and Department of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University. A national leader in conversations on Black Language education, her research interrogates the intersections of Black language and literacies, anti-Black racism, and antiracist pedagogies. Baker-Bell’s award-winning book, Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy, brings together theory, research, and practice to dismantle Anti-Black Linguistic Racism and white linguistic supremacy. Baker-Bell is also co-founder of the Black Language Magazine and #BlackLanguageSyllabus with Dr. Carmen Kynard.

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