Number 38 (2017)
#SayHerName: Making Visible the t/Terrors Experienced by Black and Brown Girls and Women in Schools

About the Title and Cover

We constructed the title of this issue to honor the #SayHerName movement, our initial Call for Papers, and the current collection of essays. The "t/Terrors" we speak of include the broad range and variation of microaggressive and macroaggressive violences experienced by Black and Brown girls and women across their academic and social life spans.

The issue features a particular set of t/Terror narratives, as named in the title. Spreading the word about the complexities of these narratives — the fact that they do, as our introduction states, include surviving and thriving — is a part of the movement for consciousness about lived experiences of Black and Brown girls and women in schools and society. Read More

Interview with Guest Editors

"Editors in Conversation: How the Theme of Special Issue #38 was Conceived"

Interview with Bank Street Authors

"The Vital Importance of Nurturing Positive Body Image among Black and Brown Girls"

These videos were produced by Pauli Badenhorst, advanced doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction and Comparative and International Education at Penn State and Editorial Assistant for this issue.

Full Issue



Untying The Knot
Charisse Jones


Black Girls Are More Than Magic
Gloria J. Ladson-Billings

Guest Editors

Jeanine Staples

Dr. Jeanine Staples is Associate Professor of Literacy and Language, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Her work focuses on dismantling supremacist patriarchies by developing critical and creative identity theories and methodologies, in addition to radical pedagogies for teachers and teacher educators. She was named a Senior Fellow at Columbia University School of Law’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and Senior Visiting Scholar at the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communications. Dr. Staples earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Urban Education from Howard University, her master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University, and her Doctorate in Literacy and Language, with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Uma Jayakumar

Uma M. Jayakumar is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at University of California, Riverside. Her scholarship and teaching address racial justice and policy issues in higher education, with a focus on how institutional environments such as campus climates and cultures shape college access and racialized experiences, outcomes, and resistance to genuinely inclusive engagement. Jayakumar is a 2017-2018 Spencer Midcareer award recipient. Her scholarship is featured in Educational Researcher, Journal of Higher Education, Harvard Educational Review, and across numerous amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in the most recent (Fisher v. University of Texas) affirmative action cases.

Pauli Badenhorst, Editorial Assistant

Pauli Badenhorst, advanced doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction and Comparative and International Education at Penn State, served as a logistical editorial assistant for this special issue.

About the Artist

Tawana Simone is an artist/illustrator who centers the lived experiences of Black and Brown girls and women through vivid representations of the daily adventures, monotony, intimacies, and resistances we generate. Each of the illustrations you see associated with this issue were specifically commissioned by the artist. You can learn more about her work at tawanasimone.com.