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Monisha Bajaj is a Professor of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. She is also a Visiting Professor at Nelson Mandela University-Chair, Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation in South Africa. Dr. Bajaj is the editor and author of seven books and numerous articles on issues of peace, human rights, migration, and education. She has developed curriculum and teacher training materials—particularly related to human rights, racial justice, ethnic studies, and sustainability—for non-profit and national advocacy organizations as well as inter-governmental organizations, such as UNICEF and UNESCO. In 2015, Dr. Bajaj received the Ella Baker/Septima Clark Human Rights Award (2015) from Division B of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Susan Roberta Katz is Professor of International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, where she has taught for 25 years. In 2008, she co-founded the first graduate program in Human Rights Education in the United States. A former San Francisco middle school teacher, Dr. Katz’s writings on the education of youth around the world have appeared in journals like teachers College Record, Urban Education and Social Justice. Her co-edited book, Bringing Human Rights Education to U.S. Classrooms Exemplary Models from Elementary Grades through University, was published in Spring 2015.

Lyn-Tise Jones is a Human Rights Commissioner, community-based scholar, entrepreneur, and passionate activist. Lyn-Tise Jones proudly hails from her beloved community, Bayview Hunters Point, in San Francisco and is a graduate of Fisk University and St. Mary’s College. She is unwaveringly dedicated to ensuring equitable outcomes in underserved communities. She has successfully executed presentations and public testimonies to elected officials at the global, national and local level, regarding the needs and services for social justice advocacy, community inclusion, system improvements, and racial equity. Through dedicated planning, organizational assessments, program alignments and the development of effective communication processes, she has successfully managed over 360 community programs per year. Lyn-Tise was recently listed as a “Talented 25” honoree in the legendary Sun-Reporter newspaper.


Situating Black activism and movement building in its historical context, this special issue of the International Journal of Human Rights Education features articles, essays, commentaries, and book reviews that put the longstanding call for Black lives to matter and the quest for Black liberation in conversation with human rights education as a field of scholarship and practice. In this introduction, we first review how movements for Black liberation, primarily in the United States, have drawn on human rights frameworks to seek greater justice; we then introduce the five original articles, five community-based commentaries/notes from the field pieces, and five book reviews/excerpts that comprise this special issue.

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