Vershawn Ashanti Young will present the talk, "Making Black Lives Matter in Digital Spaces: Race, Justice, and Literacy Instruction." This public talk analyzes several online performances from the Black Lives Matter movement for the ways they utilize and blend standard academic literacies and African American rhetoric.
These performances are discussed as pedagogies of possibility that meet and exceed the common core standards. This talk also points up the crucial roles that racial dignity, ethics, and empathy should play in education.
Young is an associate professor in the Department of Drama and Speech Communication at the University of Waterloo.