Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues

Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues

Monique W. Morris


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A groundbreaking and visionary call to action on educating and supporting girls of color, from the highly acclaimed author of Pushout, with a foreword by award-winning educational abolitionist Bettina Love

Wise Black women have known for centuries that the blues have been a platform for truth-telling, an underground musical railroad to survival, and an essential form of resistance, healing, and learning. In this “powerful call to action” (Rethinking Schools), leading advocate Monique W. Morris invokes the spirit of the blues to articulate a radically healing and empowering pedagogy for Black and Brown girls. Morris describes with candor and love what it looks like to meet the complex needs of girls on the margins.

Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues is a “vital, generous, and sensitively reasoned argument for how we might transform American schools to better educate Black and Brown girls” (San Francisco Chronicle). Morris brings together research and real life in this chorus of interviews, case studies, and the testimonies of remarkable people who work successfully with girls of color. The result is this radiant guide to moving away from punishment, trauma, and discrimination toward safety, justice, and genuine community in our schools.


Monique W. Morris:
Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., president of Grantmakers for Girls of Color and founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, is the author of several books, including PushoutBlack StatsSing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues, and Charisma’s Turn (all from The New Press). Her work has been featured by NPR, the New York Times, MSNBC, EssenceThe Atlantic, TED, the Washington PostEducation Week, and others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.