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The English department is committed to promoting racial justice and the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement through our work as teachers, scholars, and lifelong learners. Too often, though, this commitment is not fully reflected in our curriculum or our classrooms. We strive, during this time of struggle for racial justice, to re-examine what we teach and how we teach it, and to support our students in studying literature, culture, rhetoric, and writing in service to social change. In the coming months, we will revisit our curriculum, actively develop anti-racist pedagogical models for our classrooms, and speak out when we encounter injustice. We will seek to expand community-based education and partnerships with organizations that document and carry forward Atlanta’s rich traditions of Black cultural, political, and intellectual life. And we will develop inclusive programming to highlight the work of Emory’s extraordinary scholars, writers, and students working across traditions of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, and postcolonial writing and critical thought. Our goal, in the words of the writer and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson, is to “lift every voice and sing.”

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