Larsen Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Education
October 23, 2014
From his forthcoming book, Soul Rebels, Ginwright's discussion was about hope, and how community activists and youth development professionals are responding to the crisis of hopelessness among youth of color in urban American. Ginwright argued that educational improvement and political change will be the result of our ability to place healing at the center of our educational and political strategies.
Shawn Ginright is Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University. In 1989, Dr. Ginwright founded Leadership Excellence Inc. an innovative youth development agency located in Oakland, California that trains African American youth to address pressing social and community problems. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities. He is the author of “Black in School- Afrocentric Reform, Black Youth and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture” and co-editor of Beyond Resistance!: Youth Resistance and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America's Youth. He has published extensively on issues related to urban youth in journals such as Social Problems, Social Justice, Urban Review, and New Directions in Youth Development. He is a highly sought speaker to national and international audiences.