As educator-scholars committed to building family learning communities rooted in principles of educational liberation, McCarthy Foubert’s book Reckoning with Racism in Family-School Partnerships caught our attention because of its promise to expose the challenges of systematically racist ideologies about family-school partnerships, to confront these issues during a toxic time in race relations and elucidate the narratives of Black racial realist parents. Our reading and discussion of the book were informed by our own experiences as an inter-racial reviewing team with shared commitments to anti-racist family engagement.


Black parents’ narratives of school engagement, school governance as white property

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Rebecca Rogers is the E. Des Lee Endowed Professor of Tutorial Education and a Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Please direct correspondence to rogersrl@umsl.edu.

Kelly Byrd is a Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Missouri-St. Louis focused on children’s literature and family engagement. She is also a speech pathologist in a public school district and founder of Love for Literacy. Please direct correspondence to byrdkm@umsl.edu.

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