I help people who love Black people to freedom dream toward education for our collective liberation.
I am a fierce defender of our collective humanity. I use my teaching, speaking, and writing to oppose anglo normativity, anti-black racism, cultural oppression, patriarchy, and transphobia. My work focuses on the intersections of race, politics, history, and urban school reform.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Not Paved for Us chronicles a fifty-year period in Philadelphia education and offers a critical look at how school reform efforts do and do not transform outcomes for Black students and educators. This illuminating book offers an extensive, expert analysis of a school system that bears the legacy, hallmarks, and consequences that lie at the intersection of race and education. Urban education scholar Camika Royal deftly analyzes decades of efforts aimed at improving school performance within the School District of Philadelphia (SDP), in a brisk survey spanning every SDP superintendency from the 1960s through 2017.
"Any educator with a lackadaisical
commitment to disrupting systems
of oppression is complicit in the
system of oppression."
NOT PAVED FOR US
Dr. Royal is available for keynote talks for meetings, conferences, and convenings with all genres of educators, community activists, cultural workers, and parents. Topics include historical, sociopolitical, and racial educational contexts.
Dr. Royal provides professional development for schools and school districts on racism, classism, gender bias, and culture in schooling; culturally relevant pedagogy; critical race theory in education; historical contexts of schooling; purposes of schooling and schooling practices.
Dr. Royal consults with organizations on ways to reimagine and recreate their policies and practices to center the marginalized toward antiracism and anti-oppression.
Dr. Royal coaches education leaders toward implementing policies and practices that align with schooling for liberation, centering the marginalized toward antiracism and anti-oppression.