This book provides readers with an opportunity to extend their global perspectives about characters and people beyond their own communities and articulate the role of culture in their own everyday lives. It affirms the central role of storytelling in academic life and community building.
This marks an important move to plant truthful seeds about the people of African descent in the Americas; about Indigenous people across the globe. It is my hope that as they are planted, these seeds will take root, flourish, and blossom into wonderful fruits that will nourish our intellect as much as they will our soul
We must encourage and provide our children with the space to talk about their culture, to attain visibility and have their voices heard. Within this context, the classroom becomes a space for cultural validation, identity formation, and academic achievement. The samples of narrative products created by students and the elevation of their voices in classroom discourse emphasize the value of placing them at the center of classroom pedagogy where they become expert knowledge producers.
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