Social movements, community education, and the fight for racial justice: Black women and social transformation Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractThis article addresses the role of community learning within social movements and the fight for social justice and human rights. To understand contemporary social movements and their role in community learning and advocacy for social change, it is essential to contextualize them within the long history of Black women's activist labor and accomplishments. The #BLM movement is presented as a continuation of Black women's longstanding inclusive activism, punctuated by the Abolition, Suffrage, Civil Rights, and modern feminist movements. It highlights the efforts of specific Black women community leaders in creating counterpublics that make claims to power and work to change the status quo. Black women, through their inclusive, communitybased activist endeavors, continue to carve out fugitive spaces and counterpublics where counternarratives are actively generated to fight for a more equitable and inclusive democracy that serves all. This article conceptualizes the role of adult education in social movements and transformative change.

published proceedings

  • New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Roumell, E. A., & JamesGallaway, A. D.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Roumell, Elizabeth A||James‐Gallaway, ArCasia D

publication date

  • June 2021