National Institute on Aging

Four Scholars Honored for Their Book on Educating African American Children

George Johnson, a professor, special education program coordinator, and acting chair of the department of education at South Carolina State University is sharing the 2022 Outstanding Book Award from the Society of Professors of Education. Dr. Johnson and his co-editors – Gloria Boutte of the University of South Carolina, Joyce King, of Georgia State University, and Lagarrett King of the University at Buffalo – are being honored for their book We Be Lovin’ Black Children. Learning to Be Literate About the African Diaspora (Myers Education Press, 2012).

The book offers strategies and activities that families, communities, social organizations, and others can use to unapologetically love Black children and facilitate their cultural and academic excellence. The four scholars will be honored at the annual American Educational Research Association Conference in San Diego.

“We are honored to receive this recognition, given the challenges that we are facing in putting forth our story. It validates the importance of our scholarship and research that we conduct on ourselves,” Dr. Johnson said.

Dr. Johnson joined the faculty at South Carolina State University in 2007. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds a master’s degree in educational psychology/special education and a Ph.D. in educational psychology/special education from the University of South Carolina.


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