On Allyship: Why We Teach the Movement
The historical moment requires coalitions that are built across historical fault lines including race, class and gender. This is not the first time in American history that this has been true. The success of the civil rights movement depended, in part, on coalitions and their power. This talk will review best practices in allyship, making the case for coalition-building in the context of teaching and learning about the history and lessons of the civil rights movement.
Kate Shuster, Ph.D., is the president of Shuster Consulting. She has more than twenty years of experience in education, research, freelance writing, editing and project management. She holds a doctorate in Educational Studies from Claremont Graduate University with an emphasis on education policy and quantitative methods. Shuster won the National Debate Tournament in 1996 with her partner David Heidt; at the time; she was the third woman ever to win that event. A New Mexico native, she lives in Montgomery, Alabama. She is the author of Teaching the Movement: The State of Civil Rights Education 2014 and its 2011 edition.