Call for Manuscripts - Being Black in the United States


Black Americans have fought for the right to literacy and education from the time of slavery and this fight continues today with unequal access, resources, and participation at all levels of education. The fight for justice for Black Americans cannot be separated from their right to education; they are interwoven. In addition, although, Black Americans are present and participate in all aspects of adult education, the Black experience, oftentimes, is framed from a deficit perspective, silenced, or erased.

This issue seeks to explore the intersections between the U.S. Black experience, BLM, Adult Education, and Social Justice. Reflective essays and resource pieces seem particularly relevant at this time, but research manuscripts and book reviews are encouraged as well. You may read more about submission types here: Artwork and photography highlighting the intersection of the U.S. Black experience, BLM, pedagogy, adult education, and social justice are especially sought. DSJ anticipates publishing this issue in a timely manner dependent upon the submission responses.

Topics for consideration include but are not limited to:
● Narratives of Black resistance and resilience in adult education, adult higher education, community
education, as well as non-formal and informal education settings
● BLM and the implications for adult and higher education
● The effects of the COVID pandemic on adult learning and education of Black people
● Transgenerational pain of anti-black racism and the adult learner
● Slavery to BLM and the intersections with adult learning
● Racial policing, incarceration, and the criminal justice system and how that shapes or is shaped by adult education
● Voter suppression of Black people and the role of adult education
● Microaggressions in the adult education classroom
● Black language as liberatory in education: Use of the Black vernacular, hip hop, rap, and rhyming
● Incorporation/use of Black Music and Dance in adult education
● Black storytelling, oral literacy, and Black literacies as resistance
● Black churches and literacy
● Use of texts by Black authors in adult and higher education
● Black males and learning
● The (dis)connection between home literacies of Black people and formal schooling, including family
● Teaching race in adult education

All submissions must have relevance to adult, continuing, and/or higher education as well as relevance to the U.S. Black experience, including but not limited to the Black Lives Matter Movement, adult education, and social justice. We are specifically looking to include contributions from adult educators in faith-based settings, community-based programs, social justice activists who employ adult education practice as well as the university community.

Deadline for 250 word abstract: November 10, 2020
Notification of invitation to submit a full manuscript: November 30, 2020
Deadline for submission of full manuscript: February 1, 2021
Publication of issue: Spring 2021
Submitted manuscripts must be written in the style outlined in the Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association (7th ed.), not previously published, and not under consideration for publication

Please submit your proposal to

We hope you will consider submitting .