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From Woodson to Wakanda: Emancipatory Pedagogy & The Miseducation of the Negro in American Higher Education Today   


Recorded February 26, 2020  |  Captioning provided

90 min  |  $25.00  |  Purchase this webinar



In February of 1926, Carter Goodwin Woodson, born December 19, 1875 to two former slaves, established “Negro History Week” as a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black people to society and to offer Blacks inspiration about their ancestry, legacy, and strength. Woodson, the 2nd African American to earn a PhD from Harvard University would go on to found the Journal of Negro History and the Association for the Study of African American Life & History; in 1933, he published “The Miseducation of the Negro,” which offered a solid critique of American education and schooling for Black kids. He argued that the system was designed to miseducate them about themselves, their history, their potential and place in society. In many ways, he argued for educational reform that righted the wrongs of miseducation, giving Black students accurate information about their predicament, their potential for freedom, and the power of their history. Fast-forward to 2018, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther—a story about T’Challa’s heroic return to the African nation of Wakanda to assume his rightful place as king—is reminiscent in many ways of the goals of Woodson’s book. In this interactive session, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, a leading voice on issues of race, equity, and diversity, will draw bright lines of connection between Woodson’s book and Coogler’s film to advance the need for “Emancipatory Pedagogy (EP),” a form of teaching/advising that empowers the disempowered, documents the undocumented, and liberates the learner to the place of possibility. Using a smooth blend of theory, social commentary, empirical evidence, and anecdotes, Strayhorn will offer specific strategies for doing EP in higher education. Come to learn, to be challenged, provoked, and inspired; leave ready to enact what’s learned in social justice work, to make a difference for students, and to create change as an educator! This session particularly benefits higher education professionals charged with developing, managing, or carrying out a race or social justice agenda like faculty researcher, chief diversity officers, multicultural services staff, graduate students, and K-20 outreach workers. 

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn is Founding Chief Executive Officer of Do Good Work Educational Consulting, LLC. Previously, Strayhorn was on the faculty at The Ohio State University, where he served as Professor & Director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE). 

An internationally-recognized student success scholar and “a foremost authority on issues of equity and diversity,” Strayhorn is author of over 10 books and more than 200 book chapters, journal articles, and other scholarly publications. His most popular book, College Students’ Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success, sold record copies nationally and its 2nd edition will debut September 2018. Strayhorn is lead editor of a forthcoming book on the future of HBCUs that charts a way forward for transforming Black colleges today. He has given hundreds of invited keynote lectures at more than 700 universities and conferences across the globe. He has had an abiding life-long commitment to equity, diversity, and social justice. Longtime civil rights leader and activist, Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, wrote in 2014: “Strayhorn [is] a brilliant, Black professor” whose research yields critical insights for addressing long-standing problems in education. 

Known for using the hashtag #DoGoodWork on social media, Strayhorn was named one of the country’s top diversity scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in 2011, one of Business First’s “Top 40 under 40,” one of the “Top 20 to Know in Education,” and became the youngest full professor in Ohio State University’s history in 2014. He has been quoted in major news outlets including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside HigherEd, Huffington Post, and newspapers across the nation. He shares his expertise on a national level as Guest Board Member for the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) and Immediate Past-Chair of AERA’s Research Focus on Black Education (RFBE). 

Strayhorn received a bachelor’s degree (BA) from the University of Virginia (UVA), a masters degree (MEd) in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and doctorate (PhD) in higher education from Virginia Tech. He is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, several honor society’s including Phi Kappa Phi, and a proud native of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

presenter Terrell Strayhorn