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HOMESCHOOLING BLACK CHILDREN IN US: Theory, Practice & Popular Culture

In 2021, the United States Census Bureau reported that in 2020, during the rise of the global health pandemic COVID-19, homeschooling among Black families increased five-fold. However, Black families had begun choosing to homeschool even before COVID-19 led to school closures and disrupted traditional school spaces. Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture offers an insightful look at the growing practice of homeschooling by Black families through this timely collection of articles by education practitioners, researchers, homeschooling parents and homeschooled children.

Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture honestly presents how systemic racism and other factors influence the decision of Black families to homeschool. In addition, the book chapters illustrate in different ways how self-determination manifests within the homeschooling practice. Researchers Khadijah Ali-Coleman and Cheryl Fields-Smith have edited a compilation of work that explores the varied experiences of parents homeschooling Black children before, during and after COVID-19. From veteran homeschooling parents sharing their practice to researchers reporting their data collected pre-COVID, this anthology of work presents an overview that gives substantive insight into what the practice of homeschooling looks like for many Black families in the United States.


1. From Our Ancestors to Today: The Significance of Contemporary Black Homeschooling in the U.S., Cheryl Fields-Smith.
2. Journey of a Black Homeschooled, Homeschooling, Home Education Scholar: An Autoethnography, Dannielle Joy Davis.
3. Creating A Homeschool as Homeplace: Vision and Praxis, Brandi Nicole Hinnant-Crawford.
4. Self-Efficacy Insights From a Public-School Educator Turned Home Educator, Meca Williams-Johnson.
5. Neurosequential Learning Strategies and the Impact of Societal Racism, Adina Gardner.
6. Sandra’s Story: A Generational Commitment to College and Career Readiness Through Homeschool Education, Aaliyah Baker.
7. Homeschooling: A Prayerful Act of Protest, Cheryl R. Carter.
8. The Freedom to Homeschool: Community as Classroom, Kathaleena Edward Monds.
9. “I Might Be a Maroon”: Homeschooling as Educational Liberation, Joy Howard and Micah Howard.
10. Window Dressing Education: Barriers and Invitations, Maleka M. Diggs.
11. “Only One Thing Left to Do”: An Invitation to Educational Freedom, Lora Smothers.
12. Become A Star Finder: Assisting Black Parents With Empowering Children to Achieve Academic Success Through Homeschooling, Anita Gibson.
13. Adventures of the Accidental Homeschoolers, Andrea L. Dennis.
14. Black Excellence: Dual Enrolled African American Homeschooled Students, Khadijah Ali-Coleman.

What We Do

Research on Black Homeschooling

BFHES was started by two Black homeschool researchers conferring during the planning for our book project on Black homeschooling. Our mission is to provide ongoing community engagement regarding Black homeschooling through (1) the publication of scholarly and trade work on the topic, and (2) the production of community events targeting black homeschool familites and entrepreneurs engaged in the practice of black homeschooling. We invite Black researchers on the topic of Black homeschooling to submit manuscripts on their research for publication.

Virtual  Homeschooling Community

BFHES presents an annual Virtual Teach-In other virtual events where we feature dozens of homeschool practitioners, researchers and educational consultants sharing valuable guidance on how to develop a fruitful homeschooling family practice.In addition, we maintain a burgeoning community of homeschool educators via Facebook. As of this writing, the group has surpassed 2300 members since its start in July 2020. We also have a growing archive of content on our YouTube channel and regularly engage through online spaces such as Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Thank You for Attending Our Inaugural Festival!

Thank you to our community for showing up and actively engaging in our inaugural virtual New Year's Festival of Ideas, intended for those getting started on their homeschooling journey. Special thanks to our panelists and guests-- Akil Parker, Kendra Price, Shan Jones, Dr. Aaliyah Baker, Jade Weatherington, and Leila Blue.

Infinite appreciation and thanks to our sponsors Goose Goose Duck, Warp & Weft History and NaConda Frank Consulting. Sponsorship allowed us to give-away multiple prizes, including the Afrofuturist curriculum text Conjuring Worlds, edited by B. Sharise Moore, Mariah's Maracas by Khadijah Ali-Coleman (illustrated by Hook E. Free), Homeschooling Black Children in the US edited by Khadijah Ali-Coleman and Cheryl Fields-Smith and four $25 gift cards for homeschooling expenses.

If you participated in the event and made a digital vision board with us during the Parent Party, please share with us by either posting in our FB resource group or tagging us on Twitter, FB and/or IG.

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BFHES Virtual Teach-In

The Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES) teach-in connects Black home educators & homeschool researchers to discuss pivotal issues impacting Black homeschooling families.

Testimonials About the BFHES Virtual Teach-In

"I loved the music playlist - it was amazing. I like the group chat categories, and I enjoyed all the coffee talk presentations!"

2021 BFHES Virtual Teach-In Participant

Homeschooling parent from Wisconsin

"I enjoyed the chat and connecting with other black homeschoolers. I gained an online teaching job and some podcast contacts from these connections. I also enjoy seeing what others are doing within the black homeschool community."

2021 BFHES Virtual Teach-In Participant

Homeschooling parent from Texas

"...I am recommending the teach-in to others because more Black families are interested. Some feel forced to homeschool under COVID-19 and inconsistent school policies. BFHES showcases homeschooling, as a natural part of family values and growth."

2021 BFHES Virtual Teach-In Participant

Homeschooling parent from Washington, D.C.

Black Homeschooling is on the Rise!

A recent US Census Report indicated that Black homeschooling families have increased from 3-5% of homeschooling families before 2020 to 16% of homeschooling families during the first year of the COVID-19 global health pandemic. Listen to our podcast as we discuss issues related to black families homeschooling, including the recent rise.


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