Capoeira, Black Males, and Social Justice

Capoeira, Black Males, and Social Justice

A Gym Class Transformed

Vernon C. Lindsay


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Are you interested in working with African-American male students to help them succeed beyond the classroom? If so, this book is for you!

Capoeira is a martial art created by enslaved Africans in Brazil, and it combines self-defense tactics with dance movements, percussion instruments, freedom songs, sacred rituals, acrobatic maneuvers, and communal philosophies. Through this highly-anticipated follow-up book to Critical Race and Education for Black Males: When Pretty Boys Become Men, Vernon C. Lindsay illustrates how Capoeira can serve as a resource to encourage positive self-awareness, leadership, and social justice activism among African-American males. This book represents thirteen years of Dr. Lindsay’s experiences in Capoeira and illustrates how a physical education class evolved into an after-school program aligned with a culturally responsive curriculum.

Through research collected at a Chicago elementary school, Capoeira, Black Males, and Social Justice: A Gym Class Transformed shows how teachers can use culturally responsive curricular methods to engage African-American male students in meaningful lessons, conversations, and actions. This book is a must-read for teachers and administrators in urban school settings. It demonstrates the potential impact of schools in an era where race, gender, sexuality, economic status, and age continue to influence opportunities. Courses with the following themes will benefit from this book: critical race theory in education; African Americans and schooling; introduction to urban education; race, sports, and extracurricular programs; critical pedagogy; gender, difference, and curriculum; teaching and learning in the multicultural, multilingual classroom.


Vernon C. Lindsay:

Vernon C. Lindsay, PhD, is a graduate of the Policy Studies in Urban Education program from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at the American University of Antigua. Dr. Lindsay is the author of Critical Race and Education for Black Males: When Pretty Boys Become Men.