CEEAAS Quarterly News & Events

Center for the Education & Equity of African American Students (CEEAAS)

July - September 2019

Dr. Gloria Boutte, Founder and Executive Director

Jennifer Clyburn Reed, Director


For more information, Contact: 803-777-0092; reedjc@mailbox.sc.edu

July

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Dr. Gloria Boutte delivered the keynote address, Beyond the Illusion of Equity: Sustaining Legacies and Pedagogies of Love, at the Plymouth State University Problems of Practice Summit on July 23, 2019.


https://campus.plymouth.edu/educator-preparation/office-of-educator-preparation/summer-summit/keynote-speaker-facilitator-bios/

August

Dr. Gloria Boutte delivered the keynote address, African Diaspora Literacy As Healing: Past, Present, and Future, at the University of Ghana Institute of African Studies during a two-day symposium: Reclaiming Lost Narratives: Beyond 400 Years of Enslavement. The symposium was hosted by the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon and sponsored by the U. S. Embassy. The symposium was inspired by Ghana’s declaration of the year of return as part of the commemoration of 400 years of enslavement. The commemoration addressed the lack of appreciation of the history and long-term ramifications of the European slave trade and subsequent enslavement of African Diasporic people.

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Dr. Gloria Boutte, Dr. Susi Long (CEEAAS Affiliate Faculty), and Dr. Kamania Wynter-Hoyt (CEEAAS Affiliate Faculty) visited the W. E. B. Dubois Home in Accra, Ghana in August. The professors integrate content on African Diaspora Literacy into their coursework at the University of South Carolina.

September

Conference on African Diaspora Literacy: Transforming Research and Practice in Teacher Education and P-12 Schools

Dr. Boutte led a historic working conference on African Diaspora Literacy: Transforming Research and Practice in Teacher Education and P-12 Schools. The two-day conference (September 26-27) was sponsored by the Spencer Foundation and convened 30 educational researchers, P-12 classroom teachers, and policymakers to think together about how to advance scholarship in university and P-12 school settings focusing on African Diaspora Literacy in the U.S. and internationally. CEEAAS Affiliate faculty members, CEEAAS teachers, and international scholars representing six African Diasporic countries (Cameroon, Ghana, Jamaica, Mali, Nigeria, and South Africa) participated.

Three products will emerge from this conference: (1) a book; (2) a concept paper for a research center; and (3) a Plan of Action for P-12 schools.

Dr. Joyce King, renowned scholar who coined "Diaspora Literacy" in 1992, presents exemplars on African Diaspora Literacy
Dr. Joyce King, renowned scholar who coined "Diaspora Literacy" in 1992, presents exemplars on African Diaspora Literacy.

Conference participants listen as Madame Elizabeth Darko describes the West African dishes. (left to right) Kamania Wynter-Hoyt, Mopelola Omoegun, Gloria Boutte, Tambra Jackson,

Asangha Muki, Gwenda Greene (behind Tambra Jackson), Heyward Greene, George Johnson, Berte Van Wyk, Julia Dawson (behind Berte Van Wyk), Clement Lambert,

LaGarrett King, Samuel Ntewusu, and Elizabeth Darko.

International scholars enjoy meal at the home of Dr. Gloria Boutte and Dr. George Johnson.

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Book on African Diaspora Literacy won a 2019 American Educational Studies Association Book Award.

http://www.educationalstudies.org/critics-choice-book-awards.php

CEEAAS Teacher Spotlight

Ms. Saudah Collins, first grade teacher, watches as Thaddeus sharing a book that he has authored. Ms. Collins has helped Thaddeus develop a love for reading by using relevant texts. Here he is proudly reading a book that he authored.

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