Race, Class, and Education

Lessons for School Leaders from Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast

Authored by: T. Elon Dancy II , M. Christopher Brown II

Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415657457
eBook ISBN: 9780203076934
Adobe ISBN: 9781135128432


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In an edited volume on the relevance of Hurricane Katrina to education, Brown, Dancy, and Davis (2007) drew upon ancient texts in a prophetic declaration. The authors predicted that—should educators fail to adequately address disparities at the intersection of race and education—the Gulf coast would not be plagued by water but “the fire next time” (p. 69). On April 20, 2010, fire killed 11 platform workers and injured 17 others when a drilling rig operated by British Petroleum (BP) exploded in the Gulf of Mexico just 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The result was the most massive oil spill in marine history.

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