Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

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Author: Monique Morris
Foreword: Mankaprr Conteh
Foreword: Melissa Harris-Perry
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press; First Trade Paper edition (January 16, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620973421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620973424
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
The "powerful" (Michelle Alexander) exploration—featured by the AtlanticEssence, the Washington PostNew York magazine, NPR, the New Republic and the Tom Joyner Morning Show—of the harsh and harmful experiences confronting black girls in schools
In a work that has rapidly become "imperative reading" (Lisa Delpit) on education, gender, and juvenile justice, Monique W. Morris (Black StatsToo Beautiful for Words) chronicles the experiences of Black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged—by teachers, administrators, and the justice system—and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Equally "compelling" and "thought-provoking" (Kirkus Reviews), Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the rising movement to challenge the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures. 

Called a book "for everyone who cares about children" by the Washington Post, Morris’s illumination of these critical issues is "timely and important" (Booklist) at a moment when Black girls are the fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system. Praised by voices as wide-ranging as Gloria Steinem and Roland Martin, and highlighted for the audiences of Elle and Jet right alongside those of EdWeekand the Leonard Lopate ShowPushout is a book that "will stay with you long after you turn the final page" (Bookish).
Praise for Pushout: 
“Pushout is for everyone . . . whose decisions-big and small-shape how black girls learn and live.”
The Washington Post 

“Powerful and thought-provoking.”
Kirkus Reviews 

“A powerful indictment.”
Michelle Alexander  


Monique W. Morris is co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and is the author of Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.