Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Literacy, Language and Culture

Committee Chair/Advisor

Dr. Rachelle Savitz

Committee Member

Dr. Jacquelynn A. Malloy

Committee Member

Dr. Kristen Duncan

Committee Member

Dr. LaGarrett King


This study explores how a Black oral history project can be used in a secondary social studies classroom as a culturally sustaining practice. This study uses case study methodology to answer the research question, how are Black oral histories a form of culturally sustaining practice in secondary social studies classrooms? This dissertation explores the literature surrounding Black education, culturally sustaining pedagogy, Black history and race education in social studies, and oral history. Culturally sustaining pedagogy is used as the theoretical framework for this study. This study explores the use of Black oral history in a social studies classroom at the secondary level. This study demonstrates how Black oral history can be used as a culturally sustaining pedagogical practice for Black students in a United States History classroom.



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