dr. CAMEA DAVIS
"For apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and wth each other."
-Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
I have always loved reading because it gave me an entry point into new worlds and experiences beyond those I had access to directly. For me,reading is both therapeutic and analytic. As a scholar and poet reading is the lifeblood of my writing. I am constantly reading new works to enhance my own craft and discover new ways of teaching and creating. when I first read Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass and learned the transformative power of learning to read for enslaved Black Americans, I made a lifelong commitment to not only be an avid reader but ensure all of my students understood and yielded literacy as a tool of personal liberation and social uplift. Douglass' narrative remains relevant in this America, that still implicitly denies Black American children equitable access to diverse forms of literacy needed to excel in this society.