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Black Caucus
Mission Statement

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. 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.

Dr. Elaine RichardsonDr. David Kirkland

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
Professor of Literacy Studies
The Ohio State University

Dr. David Kirkland
Black Caucus, NCTE/CCCC, Co-Chair
Associate Professor of English and Urbana Education
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI



Upcoming Events & Meetings

African American Read-In
February 2013
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!

Contact Information

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

Dr. David Kirkland
Associate Professor of English and Urban Education
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

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


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