The Complexion of Teaching and Learning – Episode One: From Roots to Reconstruction

November 5, 2019

In the first episode of this series, Brandon highlights the connections between his experiences as an educator of color and the experience of black educators before, during, and immediately after slavery.

Episode notes: 

The following scholars and texts are featured in episode three:

  • “Self Taught: African American Education and Freedom” by Heather Andrea Williams
  • “Hidden Provocateurs: Black Educators in a Century of Secret Struggle” by Vanessa Siddle Walker
  • “The Lost Education of Horace Tate” by Vanessa Siddle Walker
  • “Schooling Citizens: The Struggle For African American Education in Antebellum America” by Hilary J. Moss
  • “The Egyptian Philosophers: Ancient African Voices from Imhotep to Akhenaten” by Molefi Asante (Twitter: @Molefiasante)


“The Complexion of Teaching and Learning” is a docu-series exploring the historical, political, and professional insights and experiences of educators of color. The series is hosted by Brandon White (Twitter: @ClassroomB), an ELA Specialist for UnboundEd and former middle school ELA teacher and Restorative Practices educator for the Rochester City School District. To get the most out of this series, we recommend you start from episode one.