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

In 2020,  Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman had just finished defending her doctoral dissertation on dual enrolled African American homeschooled students and their perceptions of preparedness for community college. The COVID-19 global pandemic and quarantine had just gone into effect. She was offered an opportunity to publish her dissertation into a book. She opted to edit an anthology of voices on Black homeschooling instead. During her own research study, she had seen the lack of Black voices in the research on Black homeschooling families. As a homeschooling mother and researcher, she wanted to expand the research literature and offer an opportunity for other homeschooling parents and researchers to share their experiences and research. And, that is what this book is. 

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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.