Being Black in the Ivory
Truth-Telling about Racism in Higher Education
by Shardé M. Davis (editor)
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Pub Date 20 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 30 Jan 2024
When Shardé M. Davis turned to social media during the summer of racial reckoning in 2020, she meant only to share how racism against Black people affects her personally. But her hashtag, #BlackintheIvory, went viral, fostering a flood of Black scholars sharing similar stories. Soon the posts were being quoted during summer institutes and workshops on social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. And in fall 2020, faculty assigned the tweets as material for course curriculum.
This curated collection of original personal narratives from Black scholars across the country seeks to continue the conversation that started with #BlackintheIvory. Put together, the stories reveal how racism eats its way through higher education, how academia systemically ejects Black scholars in overt and covert ways, and how academic institutions—and their individual members—might make lasting change. While anti-Black racism in academia is a behemoth with many entry points to the conversation, this book marshals a diverse group of Black voices to bring to light what for too long has been hidden in the shadow of the ivory tower.
Shardé M. Davis, PhD, is associate professor in the department of communication at the University of Connecticut.
"Through gripping, powerful testimonials, this book reveals how academia can and does cripple Black scholars. Davis's introduction strikes just the right tone, offering a highly readable and excellent review of critical race theory and the risks undertaken by those who have shared their stories."—Deborah Gray White, Rutgers University
"This enriching anthology creates a space of solidarity for scholars and readers of Black identity, disrupts dominant notions of scholarship, and highlights voices that are often systemically silenced."—Ashley Carpenter, Appalachian State University