Spoken Soul: Black English in the Classroom
January 8th, 2011
Accents can be endearing – but they can also limit chances for professional and academic success. Southern students and African-American students are often marginalized in the classroom because of their dialects. Anne Harper Charity Hudley (College of William & Mary) is the co-author of a book to help educators work with language variations – to make sure students don’t suffer for the way they talk. And: John Russell Rickford (Stanford University) has written a book on the topic: “Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English”. Also featured: The Affrilachian Poets are celebrating 20 years. Frank Walker coined the term in 1991 after he came away from a literary event frustrated by the exclusion of African American writers from Appalachian literature. Theresa Burriss (Radford University) is an expert on the Affrilachians and an honorary member of the group.