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H. Samy Alim, John R. Rickford, and Arnetha F. Ball

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190625696

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190625696.001.0001

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“It Was a Black City”

“It Was a Black City”

African American Language in California’s Changing Urban Schools and Communities

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Django Paris

Oxford University Press

From Oakland to Long Beach, from South Central Los Angeles to South San Francisco, historically African American neighborhoods and schools are shifting to predominantly Latino/a populations with large numbers of Pacific Islanders and other communities of color. These changing urban populations have brought Black and Brown students together in classrooms and communities in new and complex ways. How has the linguistic landscape of urban schools and communities been altered by these changes? Most important, how can schools respond to the linguistic realities of young people as they grow up in such changing multilingual and multiethnic contexts? In this chapter I draw on the African American Language use of African American, Latino/a, and Pacific Islander youth in a changing California city and offer culturally sustaining pedagogy as a way to position the linguistic socialization of young people in such culturally rich spaces as an asset in schooling and beyond.

Keywords:   African American Language, Black education, Latino education, Pacific Islander, language education, literacy education, culturally sustaining pedagogy

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