chapter  6
20 Pages

The Obscured White Voice in the Multicultural Debate: Race, Space and Gender

WithLINDA A. SPEARS-BUNTON

Reading literature from multiple perspectives is an important avenue toward empowerment for both teachers and students. The process of listening to voices different from our own and experiencing the myriad of possibilities presented by the human experience, leads toward a higher-level literacy. Literacy, grounded in multiple perspectives, may instigate empowerment as readers begin to (1) generate questions; (2) draw comparisons from their reading and life experiences; and (3) think independently. This chapter presents a captured glimpse of the process of empowerment among school children, and demonstrates how empowered teachers can effect reform through literacy instruction.