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Dr. Elaine Richardson


The Black Caucus of NCTE/CCCC is an advocacy group of Black English language arts educators and scholars who are involved in the teaching and learning of communication skills.



Since its founding in 1970, the continuing mission of the Black Caucus has been to enhance the professional welfare of English language arts professionals of African descent, who work on all levels, from kindergarten through graduate school, who are members of NCTE and CCCC, and who are committed to Black students and scholars experiencing success in English language arts.

In order for the Black Caucus to grow and adapt to today’s issues yet stay rooted in the principles of its founding, we must dedicate ourselves to active participation and also invite others to join and become involved in the Black Caucus. In that spirit, we welcome you to join with us. We are here to support each other in professional growth and solidarity. We meet at each NCTE and CCCCs meeting.  Come and meet your caucus colleagues across the country and even internationally.

In Solidarity,
Dr. Elaine Richardson
Black Caucus, NCTE/CCCC, Co-Chair


The Black Caucus:

  • Promotes and supports positive images and meaningful status, i.e. involvement and key leadership roles, for Black professional English language arts educators in NCTE, CCCC, and the profession at large. 
  • Initiates and supports resolutions and position statements that result in a broader understanding of language, composition, and literature. 
  • Maintains a network of Black educators whose interests include appropriate teaching methodologies and practices that foster success for Black teachers and students in language, composition, and literature.

Upcoming Events & Awards

African American Read-In
One of the many sponsored projects of the Black Caucus is the highly successful African American Read-In. Click here to learn how you can get involved!

Barksdale Turner Scholarship in African American/Black Literature
Congratulations Kendra Mitchell, Florida State University, Tallahassee on being selected by the Black Caucus as the 2011 recipient of the  Barksdale Turner Scholarship in African American/Black Literature.

NCTE Annual Convention Rainbow Strand Planning Team

April Baker-Bell and David E. Kirkland selected to serve on NCTE's 2012 Annual Convention Rainbow Strand Planning Team.


For more information contact the chair of the Black Caucus. 


Dr. Elaine Richardson
Professor of Literacy Studies
The Ohio State University 

Staff Contact:
Mila M. Fuller
Deputy Executive Director
National Council of Teachers of English


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