Double Reading: Young Black Scholars Responding to Whiteness in a Community Literacy ProgramSchool of Information Sciences Faculty Research Publications
AbstractThis paper examines how W.E.B. DuBois' concept of double consciousness influenced the interactions of 13 Black youth inside an after school Community Literacy Intervention Program (CLIP). Du Bois, a pre-eminent 20th century Black sociologist, used double consciousness as a lens to help explain social and psychological tensions that African Americans encounter while negotiating their identities in a societal context structured mainly upon dominant white cultural and linguistic norms and values. The authors provide a conceptual framework for understanding the interpretive processes that signify double consciousness which includes: surveying the context; assessing risks and identity consequences; articulating mainstream or race conscious reads, and bridging/or disengaging. Implications for pre-service teachers and particularly urban educators are discussed.
Citation InformationKumasi, K., & Carter Power, S. (2011). Double Reading: Young Black Scholars Responding to Whiteness in a Community Literacy Program. In Valerie Kinloch (Ed.), Urban Literacies: Critical Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Community (72-90). New York: Teachers College Press.