Integrity Despite Moral Nonrecognition: Why Black Teachers Are Called to Teach

Jessica Lee Stovall
2022 Philosophy of Education  
I am a Black woman and former high school English teacher who struggled to maintain what bell hooks called an "integrity of being,"-or being truthful to my sense of self in a system designed to silence and assimilate that self. 1 I write this response in the California sunshine at Stanford University, instead of my old cozy classroom of high school juniors huddled together to read between the lines of Native Son. I haven't left teaching per se, but I've instead shifted from one
more » ... ctly battling antiblackness through educating high school students-to another: researching Black-affirming teacher spaces that support Black teachers in navigating their roles in combating antiblackness. I also haven't stopped teaching, as I am an instructor in the teacher education program at my university. I therefore position myself as someone
doi:10.47925/78.1.150 fatcat:q5mqk3bi55dxphdranzfw2ksqq