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Registration Open for AACTE’s Leslie Fenwick’s 2023 Brown Lecture at AERA

AACTE invites members to attend the 2023 American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Brown Lecture, “Otherwise Qualified: The Untold Story of Brown and Black Educators” presented by AACTE Dean in Residence Leslie T. Fenwick, Ph.D., on Thursday, October 19 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. ET at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C.

Fenwick will deliver the lecture to an in-person audience and offer a newly excavated history of the implementation of Brown v. Board of Education. The lecture will also broadcast live.

As chronicled in Fenwick’s award-winning book Jim Crow’s Pink Slip (Harvard Education Press), massive resistance from 1952 to the late 1970s resulted in 100,000 exceptionally well-credentialed Black principals and teachers being illegally fired, dismissed, or demoted and replaced on a near one-to-one basis by White educators who were less academically credentialed and less professionally experienced.

In her book, Fenwick asserts that the failure to integrate Black principals and teachers into desegregating schools remains the unfulfilled promise of Brown, resulting in four traumas that continue to hinder the nation’s progress toward racial justice and educational equity.

Fenwick will explore recommendations to overcome this history in her lecture, followed by a moderated discussion forum with opportunities for audience questions.

“Dr. Fenwick’s groundbreaking work and her fearless voice for educational equity will make this lecture a must-see event,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “We are fortunate to hear and learn from her this year, especially during these turbulent times for the country and our education systems.”

Fenwick is a nationally known scholar and serves as professor and dean emerita of Howard University’s School of Education. Her lecture is inspired by the scholarship of W. E. B. Du Bois and Black art theory and will advance her thinking on “cultural elision” to explain how Brown is still mis-defined.

Registration for the in-person and broadcast event can be found on AERA’s website.