Black Girl Civics

Expanding and Navigating the Boundaries of Civic Engagement

Edited by:
Ginnie Logan, University of Colorado-Boulder
Janiece Mackey, University of Denver

A volume in the series: Adolescence and Education. Editor(s): Daniela K. DiGiacomo, University of Kentucky. Erica Van Steenis, University of California Irvine.

Published 2020

What does it mean to be a civic actor who is Black + Young + Female in the United States? Do African American girls take up the civic mantle in the same way that their male or non-Black peers do? What media, educational, or social platforms do Black girls leverage to gain access to the political arena, and why? How do Black girls negotiate civic identity within the context of their racialized, gendered, and age specific identities? There are scholars doing powerful work on Black youth and civics; scholars focused on girls and civics; and scholars focused on Black girls in education. But the intersections of African American girlhood and civics have not received adequate attention. This book begins the journey of understanding and communicating the varied forms of civics in the Black Girl experience.

Black Girl Civics: Expanding and Navigating the Boundaries of Civic Engagement brings together a range of works that grapple with the question of what it means for African American girls to engage in civic identity development and expression. The chapters collected within this volume openly grapple with, and disclose the ways in which Black girls engage with and navigate the spectrum of civics. This collection of 11 chapters features a range of research from empirical to theoretical and is forwarded by Black Girlhood scholar Dr. Venus Evans-Winters.

The intended audience for this volume includes Black girlhood scholars, scholars of race and gender, teachers, civic advocacy organizations, civic engagement researchers, and youth development providers.

Foreword, Venus Evans-Winters. Introduction: Towards an Emergent Theory of Black Girl Civics, Ginnie Logan and Janiece Mackey. SECTION I: KINSHIP REFLECTIONS. Generation to Generation: Learning to Othermother, Kel Hughes Jones. A Tale of Two Black Girl Civic Identities: A Mother/Daughter Critical Autoethnography on Language, Literacy, and the Black Lives Matter Movement, Celicia L. Bell and Jasmine A. Clayton. Hood Civics: Intergenerational Healing and the Quest for Educational Justice for/With Black Girl Artivists, Jeanelle K. Hope and Vajra M. Watson. Sisters, Friends, and Kin: Critical Pedagogies and Black Girl Civics, Sabrina J. Curtis. SECTION II: TOWARD EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE. Standing Up and Speaking Out: Black Girls’ Agency and Activism in Elite Independent Schools, Charlotte E. Jacobs. #Blackgirlmagic in the Everyday: Black Women and Civic Identity in Post Secondary Education, Alaina Neal-Jackson. Black Women’s Activism in Graduate School, Tracie A. Lowe. Black Femme Youth Organizing for Transformation, Julia Daniel and Annie Thomas. SECTION III: MEDIA INTERSECTIONS. Claiming a Seat at the Table: Highlighting the Civic Engagement of Young Black Girls, Cassandra Jean and Dana McCalla. The Clapback: Black Girls Responding to Injustice Through National Civic Engagement, Cierra Kaler-Jones, Autumn Griffin, and Stephanie Lindo. Texting, Tweeting, and Talking Back to Power: How Black Girls Leverage Social Media as a Platform for Civic Engagement, Tiera Tanksley. About the Editors. About the Contributors.