This essay includes an interview with Black Student Union co-founders Jerry Varnado and James Garrett in which they reflect on their leadership roles and personal experiences at San Francisco State in the 1960s as well as the events around the student-led strike and subsequent founding of the School of Ethnic Studies. They also discuss their wider activism and community engagement in the field of Ethnic Studies as well as their thoughts on the direction of the field today.
Trailblazing a Movement: An Interview with Black Student Union Co-founders Jerry Varnado and James Garrett
Dr. Mary Roaf is currently an assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University at Stanislaus. Her teaching and research examine social inequities in education, Black feminism, and the intersections of race, class, and gender. In addition, Dr. Roaf has several years of professional experience as a K–12 teacher coach and as a public policy advocate in the non-profit sector.
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Mary Roaf; Trailblazing a Movement: An Interview with Black Student Union Co-founders Jerry Varnado and James Garrett. Ethnic Studies Review 1 October 2019; 42 (2): 15–26. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/esr.2019.42.2.15
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