In the first half of this essay (Fall 1976, Vol. IV, No. 4) the author described the Wayne County Community College classroom at the downtown YWCA in Detroit, her students, her role as teacher, and the ways in which she took "one subject at a time" and encouraged "storytelling. " In a subsequent issue, we will publish her annotated bibliography.
Give political value to daily life. Take aspects of what they already celebrate and enrich its meaning so they see their spontaneous tastes in a larger way than before. This means they will see themselves with new significance. It also imposes the responsibility of selectivity on the teacher. Embrace that. Apply your own political acumen to the myriad survival mechanisms that colonization and domestication breed into subject peoples. Remind them of the choices they make all the time.