Episode 79: Black Critical Patriotism in Elementary Social Studies with Chris Busey & Irenea Walker

In episode 79, Dan and Michael chat with Chris Busey & Irenea Walker about black critical patriotism in elementary social studies as outlined in their article published Theory and Research in Social Education titled, “A Dream and a Bus: Black Critical Patriotism in Elementary Social Studies Standards.”

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Busey, C. L., & Walker, I. (2017). A Dream and a Bus: Black Critical Patriotism in Elementary Social Studies StandardsTheory & Research in Social Education45(4), 456-488.
  2. Ram Trucks Commercial With Martin Luther King Jr. Sermon Is Criticized” (Feb. 5, 2018) — Yes, this episode was recorded just after the Super Bowl… it took a while to edit.
  3. Find more of Dr. Busey’s publications on his Google Scholar page.


Christopher L. Busey, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education at the University of Florida. Dr. Busey’s research broadly examines the intersection of race and education across multiple contexts with a specific focus on social studies curriculum and pedagogy, curriculum history, critical race theory, and teacher education. His more current work focuses on [re-]conceptualizing and contextualizing narratives relevant to Afro-Latinx education and Black Diaspora history within K-20 curricular discourses. See more on his faculty page at UF.

Irenea Walker is a Social Science Education doctoral student at the University of Central Florida. She is the recipient of the Florida Education Fund’s (FEF) Dr. Carl Crawford Award for Outstanding Pre-College Support (link).

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