Dr. Bettina Love

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Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers. Her writing, research, teaching, and activism meet at the intersection of race, education, abolition, and Black joy. Dr. Love is concerned with how educators working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in Abolitionist Teaching with the goal of intersectional social justice for equitable classrooms that love and affirm Black and Brown children. In 2020, Dr. Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN). ATN’s mission is simple: develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities. In 2020, Dr. Love was also named a member of the Old 4th Ward Economic Security Task Force with the Atlanta City Council. 

Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including: Abolitionist Teaching, anti-racism, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion. She is the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum GET FREE.

In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of Black girls. For her work in the field of Hip Hop education, in 2016, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. In April of 2017, Dr. Love participated in a one-on-one public lecture with bell hooks focused on the liberatory education practices of Black and Brown children. In 2018, Georgia’s House of Representatives presented Dr. Love with a resolution for her impact on the field of education. She has also provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR, Ed Week, The Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

She is the author of the books We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and the Journal of LGBT Youth.



Resistance, Creativity, Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality, & Black Joy

Abolitionist Teaching, creates a space where Black lives matter and analytic sensibilities are nurtured to
engage youth in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and justice. Her talk will end by calling for us all not only to teach students about racial violence, oppression, and how to make sustainable change in their communities through innovative and radical civic curriculum, but also to expose youth to the possibilities that come with envisioning a world built on Black joy, creativity, imagination, boldness,
ingenuity, and the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists.



Alicia Oglesby

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After graduating from Howard University and since becoming a high school counselor, Alicia Oglesby has pursued continued education at Chestnut Hill College, the University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Tech. In her role as a high school counselor in the DC, Maryland and Virginia metro area, Ms. Oglesby's counseling philosophy is created with the intention of cultivating cultural fluency, self-awareness and social justice action. She finds new and innovative ways to help create the kind of school culture where all studentsʼ identities are affirmed and learning can take place in the most supportive atmosphere possible. Additionally, traveling throughout the country to promote social justice makes her a very busy educator. Along with the Vice Principal of Academics, Alicia initiates courageous conversations about race, identity, and class at Bishop McNamara High School. As co-author of ʻInterrupting Racism: Equity and Social Justice in School Counselingʼ and one of two school counselors on the advisory board for Teaching Tolerance, Alicia plans to spend the rest of her career and life making schools what they ought to be for all children.



Youth and Social Justice

Students continuing the necessary work of diversity, equity and inclusion will inevitably be the change the world needs to see. In this presentation, Alicia Oglesby will share examples of how youth have led the way toward social justice. She will give examples of students who encounter conversations, comments, questions and/or reactions to which they feel unprepared to respond because our education system falls short, privilege overrides justice or a fear of being vulnerable. How students persist despite these barriers will round out the conversation. Lastly, she will include a call to reflection, insight, knowledge and action.