David Kirkland’s Book on the Literacy of Young Black Men Wins NCTE Award

A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men (Teachers College Press, 2013) by David Kirkland has been awarded the David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English from the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE).

In his book, Kirkland, an associate professor of English education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, examines how the identities of young men are shaped by silence on issues surrounding language, race, and masculinity.

Kirkland argues that educators need to understand the social worlds of African-American males to break the school-to-prison pipeline cycle.  The book asks the education community to listen to the voices of black youth to better understand what it means to be literate in a multicultural, democratic society.

Established in 1963 as the Distinguished Research Award and renamed in 1966 to honor the Council’s late president, the David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English honors an outstanding work of scholarship or research in language, literature, rhetoric, or pedagogy and learning, published during the previous five years.