Jim Crow’s Pink Slip

Jim Crow’s Pink Slip The Untold Story of Black Principal and Teacher Leadership

Leslie T. Fenwick
paper, 216 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2022
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-719-0
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Pub. Date: May 2022
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-720-6

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AACTE 2023 Gloria J. Ladson-Billings Outstanding Book Award​

Jim Crow’s Pink Slip exposes the decades-long repercussions of a too-little-known result of resistance to the Brown v. Board of Education decision: the systematic dismissal of Black educators from public schools.


Fenwick unstintingly documents the incalculable loss to our public education system—and by extension, to our country—through the deliberate purging of Black educators from the ranks of our teachers and principals post-Brown. Jim Crow’s Pink Slip illuminates the systematic elimination of Black educators in a country unwilling to acknowledge their intellectual excellence and passion for the education of all children. A must-read for anyone who cares about our country and its public education system. — Lynn M. Gangone, president and chief executive officer, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

If the pipeline of African American principals and teachers had been retained following the Brown v. Board of Education decision, would today's reality be different? Jim Crow’s Pink Slip suggests it would be. — Carlos Santiago, commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

A must-read, especially for every educator, scholar, practitioner, community member, and policymaker concerned about racial justice in education and beyond. I recommend it to anyone who cares about our country, its public education system, and that system’s history. If you have a heart, I guarantee this book will bring tears to your eyes. And after reading it, you will never see our public education system the same way again. — Teachers College Record

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About the Author

Leslie T. Fenwick, PhD, is Dean Emerita of the School of Education and a professor of Education Policy at Howard University in Washington, DC . She also holds an appointment as Dean in Residence at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACT E).

A former Visiting Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, she has worked in every sector of American education—as a preK–12 schoolteacher and administrator in urban public and private schools; university faculty member and administrator; foundation program officer; nonprofit board member; and legislative aid in the State of Ohio Senate. In 2020, she
was a candidate for US Secretary of Education.

Her widely disseminated research and opinion-editorials about education equity, leadership, and workforce diversity have appeared and been cited in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Education Week. She has been an invited speaker at the National Press Club and has appeared on CNN and C-SPAN discussing education equity and workforce development.

Fenwick is one of eleven members of the Scholarly Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture—the world’s third busiest museum. The SAC was established by noted historian Dr. John Hope Franklin to help set the museum’s intellectual agenda and exhibition content.

She is cofounder of the Urban Superintendents Academy at the American Association of School Administrators and a consultant to CEO Action for Racial Equity founded by Tim Ryan, US Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC. Since 2017, she has held an appointment as a McDonald Character Leadership Conference Senior Fellow at the US Military Academy at West Point, where she occasionally lectures about character leadership.

She earned a PhD in education policy at The Ohio State University, where she was a Flesher Fellow, and a BS degree in elementary education at the University of Virginia.

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