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Uprising Radio - August 15

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Teachers Keep Malcolm X Alive

Published on 15 Aug 2008 at 10:27 am. No Comments.

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Malcolm xStudents and community members rallied in June in Watts to protest the firing of Jordan High School teacher Karen Salazar. The second-year English instructor had been notified earlier in the school year that her contract would not be renewed. Salazar had been accused of being too “afro-centric.” She was observed by the administration more than 15 times and was negatively evaluated by the school’s principal for supposed indoctrination. Her English classes, popular among many students, utilized the LAUSD approved “Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Alex Haley and other culturally relevant course materials. In solidarity with Salazar, a number of supportive faculty members pledged to leave Jordan High, following in the steps of fellow teacher Mark Gonzales who resigned on the final day of instruction. In light of this controversy, both Karen Salazar and Mark Gonzales are invited speakers at this year’s 5th Annual Malcolm X Day. The event, happening this evening at Virginia Park in Santa Monica will focus on issues of education and Malcolm X as a figure of critical pedagogy.

GUESTS: Karen Salazar, Educator, Mark Gonzales, Educator/Poet

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