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Progress and pushback: The history of equal rights in education

Professor Joy Williamson-Lott
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Professor Joy Williamson-Lott

“Are you ready to go back in history?” Professor Joy Williamson-Lott asks that question early on in this talk. She’s encouraging the audience, exciting us, but also challenging us.

The history of public education in the United States, her area of focus, is rife with deeply troubling inequality and injustice.

Williamson-Lott teaches at the University of Washington's College of Education: “courses on education as a moral endeavor, the shifting definition of 'proper education' and 'liberation' for different social groups, and the educational histories of people of color.” 

Her books include “Black Power on Campus: The University of Illinois, 1965-1975” and “Radicalizing the Ebony Tower: Black Colleges and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi.”

Williamson-Lott gave this talk, "New Hurdles, Same Territory: How History Can Guide the Future of Education," at UW’s Kane Hall on February 15. She spoke as part of the Graduate School lecture series “Equity & Difference: Privilege.”

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Year started with KUOW: 2006