Despite the current interest in "Black Girl Magic" this essay argues that what Black women have accomplished and endured is more than mere magic. Instead, they reflect a dogged determinism to work toward liberation of all people. That determination has been in the forefront of human liberation for centuries.

Author Biography

Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair of Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A pedagogical theorist, her research examines socio-cultural issues in classrooms and teaching from a stance that recognizes the power of culture as a means for supporting the education of all children. She is also best known for coining the term culturally relevant pedagogy. Her work examines the role of critical race theory in education. Ladson-Billings has won numerous awards for her work, of which include the Romnes Faculty Fellowship, the Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship, and the Palmer O. Johnson outstanding research award.


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