Jim Crow’s Pink Slip

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

Leslie T. Fenwick
paper, 248 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2022
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-719-0
Price: $34.00

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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. Like The Warmth of Other Suns, this historical accounting of racist systems helps us to understand our present-day challenges to diversify the ranks of the teacher and educational leader ranks. 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

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About the Author

Leslie T. Fenwick is a professor of education policy, Dean Emerita of the Howard University School of Education, and Dean in Residence at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).

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