“The Race Card: Leading the Fight for Truth in America’s Schools is an ABSOLUTE must read for school leaders, teachers, parents, community leaders, policymakers, and anyone who wants to be a Frontline Leader for students. Dr. Milner begins the book with a critical reminder that the American school system is still an unwelcoming, traumatizing space for too many minoritized youth as it continually propagates whiteness and engages in anti-Black racist policies and practices.
“In the midst of this racialized, difficult moment in the history of American schools, this book provides leaders with language, tools, and a framework to unleash positive social change. Understanding and applying the concepts Dr. Milner offers will strengthen leadership for racial and social justice, thus improving outcomes for all children.”
“Every school leader needs to read this truth-telling book. In a time where so many are steering away from issues of race, racism and the harms inflicted on the lives of Black and Brown students in schools, Dr. Milner instead confronts these important topics while helping leaders to develop race-conscious thinking and anti-racist practices. He beautifully and organically blends theory, research, history, and radical approaches for cultivating leaders’ minds toward advancing justice for the hope of our humanity.
“Dr. Milner expertly provides a comprehensive examination into how racism operates within schools and society before delivering evidence based leadership approaches and strategies that advance racial justice. In this timely and engaging text written for practitioners and aspiring leaders, Dr. Milner takes racism head on by clearly outlining how school leaders in solidarity with educators and communities can recognize, confront, and root out racial injustice.
“This book reintroduces educational leaders to the why of this work. It covers a multitude of emotions as it is sure to shift the reader’s thinking about how students are supported in schools. The time is now to have these deep rich conversations about race and its presence in society and education as a whole. This book is a must-read for all educational leaders!”
“This must-read book offers illuminating explanations and concrete guidance for all who are leading at the frontlines of racial inequities in our schools! Speaking to the ‘now’ of this complex moment in U.S. education, The Race Card artfully invites us to move beyond abstract talk of disrupting racism or evading the issues in the false hope of unity.
“Dr. Milner has provided a practical framework for school leadership who have taken up the work of equity and justice in education. The clear and concise definitions, the tangible research and examples, and particularly the 8-tenet framework that he provides will move schools forward and closer to being more equitable for minoritized students in schools.”
“This book is a must-read for every principal preparation program in schools and colleges of education. As Dr. Milner has so eloquently pointed out, principal leadership is very important to the social, emotional, and academic development of all children, and especially Black children who are most likely under-served and under-educated, and are often subjected to persistent racism in schools. The Race Card is a must to confront and address racism and anti-Blackness in schools and society. Our children’s futures depend on it. Bravo, Dr. Milner!”
“Dr. Milner gifts the world with The Race Card during a time of racial and social crisis. The Race Card boldly centers and conceptualizes the indispensable role of race in educational leadership, while U.S. society opts for colorblindness, anti-Black sentiment, and white supremacy in educational and social structures. Dr. Milner systematically rebukes and rejects these notions, and demonstrates how these ever-present destructive social structures crush the potential for educational systems to serve students of color.