Dr. Monique Morris is an extraordinary researcher and advocate who has become the leading public voice addressing the disproportionate discipline black girls experience in U.S. schools and its subsequent impact on their education and well-being. She will deliver the 2017 Anna Julia Cooper lecture at Wake Forest University on February 21st.
Dr. Morris has more than 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice, and is the author of Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012); and Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016).
Monique's latest book, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, is a discussion about the experiences of Black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged--by teachers, administrators, and the justice system--and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. This book shows how, despite obstables, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, Black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond.
Hosted by the Anna Julia Cooper Center, the annual AJC lecture features a distinguished scholar, activist, or artist to address the university and broader community. This event is free and open to community. The Anna Julia Cooper Center is directed by Maya Angelou Presidential Chair Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry. This lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a book signing by Dr. Morris.