Luis Mirón - Challenging the Big Lies

Join us for a presentation and booksiging with author Luis Mirón in conversation with Orleans Parish School Board Member Donaldo Batiste celebrating the launch of Resisting Racism and Promoting Equity Through Community-Engaged Social Action: Challenging the Big Lies.

"Mirón and Green have crafted an impressive study that combines thoughtful anger over a relentless American history of racial bigotry and oppression with their own agenda of potential correctives. To overcome years of unhelpful "neoliberal" policies – made worse by the Trump presidency and propaganda spewed by Fox News – the authors encourage the Black Community to come together to promote an overhaul of a broken educational system and to demand greater equity on other fronts such as housing and health care." – Curtis Wilkie, former Fellow of the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at University of Mississippi, internationally recognized civil rights journalist, and author

This book, co-written by New Orleans native Luis Mirón, aims to do more than analyze and lament the atrocities that we have witnessed all too often in the past decade inflicted upon minority groups. It is also about improvising and re-imagining hope every day. Wynton Marsalis’ jazz recording In This House serves as his inspiration to imagine how the performing arts, in particular jazz, might inform social research, public policy, as well as provide a vision of optimism during these difficult days.

The book is innovative because it includes an abundance of personal reflections by a diverse group of co-writers including the personal narratives of ordinary and (at times, extraordinary) citizens. In addition, the authors describe how community-engaged strategies can impact structural inequities in education and other public sectors. Urban schools and their embedded neighborhoods are considered “problems” to be experimented upon and ultimately solved. Applying a jazz metaphor, the authors turn the notion of “social problems” in the inner city and urban centers more broadly on their head: Black and other racial minorities possess a rich cultural history that brings assets that must be brought into the one of the “big lies” i.e. that poor Black populations are culturally inferior to privileged whites and its dominant cultural influence on US society.

Meant to bring into the conversation academics and anyone concerned about inequity in pointing to the need to pay increasingly closer attention to the broader systems of power, their layers of hidden racism and racial discrimination, the book aims to arrive at a social and political space that allow for the ever-increasing sharing of power.

The topics explored should engender a lively conversation among the audience.

Luis Mirón is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Sciences at University of Holy Cross New Orleans.


Event date: 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

513Octavia Books - Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115
Resisting Racism and Promoting Equity Through Community-Engaged Social Action: Challenging the Big Lies By Luis Mirón, Paul Green Cover Image
ISBN: 9781032133614
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Routledge - October 19th, 2022

This book challenges pre-service and in-service educators to reflect critically on their assumptions and engage in praxis promoting racial and social equity.

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