Critical Urban Education Speaker Series
Black Lives Matter in Schools Event
Date: Feb 4th, 2021
Time: 5:30-7:30


Vision-Driven Justice
Inspired by Dr. J’s TED Talk, 2053, this session will move beyond what it means to fight against social inequities by embracing powerful vision and action around what we are fighting for. Framed by what she has conceptualized as Vision-Driven Justice, Dr. J will share key principles of this orientation in conversation with youth who have been working on their visions for social change.  


Speakers: Jamila Lyiscott and Young People from Newark
Host: MSU’s College of Education and Human Services Dean’s Office
Co-Sponsors: Department of Teaching and Learning, Center of Pedagogy, MSU Network for Educational Renewal, MSU’s ADP Center

Jamila Lyiscott aka, Dr. J, is a community-engaged scholar, nationally renowned speaker, and the author of Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is the co-founder and co-director of the Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research. Dr. J is most well known for being featured on where her video, '3 Ways to Speak English,' has been viewed over 4.5 million times, and for her commissioned TED Talk, '2053' in response to the inauguration of the 45th occupant of the white house. She has been invited to over 100 institutions throughout the nation where she works closely with youth, educators, and communities to disrupt racial inequities and enact a vision-driven justice.

Dr. Lyiscott will be joined by preK-12th grade students from Newark public schools who have been engaging with her work in their classrooms.  All of the students who will be participating have student teachers and mentors from The Newark Teacher Project (NTP) at Montclair State University.  NTP is a small innovative teacher education program that prepares antiracist, social justice oriented teachers for the Newark Board of Education. 

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