Teachers College Press expresses solidarity with all of those calling for social justice and an end to systemic racism, discrimination, and police violence. We grieve for the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and so many of our Black neighbors, friends, and family. Dismantling the white supremacy that is so deeply embedded in our institutions, our policies, and our society is imperative.
As a university press dedicated to educators, we strive to shed light into the darkness to bring about opportunity, respect, and dignity for all learners. The books and the voices that we publish aim to support the pivotal role that Educators have in raising up student achievement and student voices, especially for those who are marginalized. As individuals and members of the Press, we re-commit ourselves to introspection and action to facilitate an anti-racist agenda for our schools and a more equitable society.
At a time when Black lives and the freedoms of speech and assembly are under assault, it is necessary to consider the foundation upon which social justice can be attained. We must also take action to make the changes required for an equitable path forward. We are reminded of the goal of these changes with the words of Maxine Greene, author of the iconic Dialectic of Freedom: “My hope is to remind people of what it means to . . . achieve freedom in dialogue with others, for the sake of personal fulfillment and the emergence of a democracy dedicated to life and decency.”