Students of Color and the Study of the Western Canon: An Invitation to a Conversation

Angel Adam Parham

Dr. Angel Adams Parham is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nyansa Classical Community. Nyansa provides after-school programming and curricula designed to connect with and draw students of color into the beauty of classical literature and the great conversation. She is also Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University-New Orleans. Dr. Parham's sociological training provides an in-depth understanding of the social and economic challenges facing many low-income communities of color, while her Christian faith emphasizes the importance of combining this sociological knowledge with a commitment to students’ spiritual formation and the cultivation of their moral imagination. She is also a wife and mother of two beautiful girls who are homeschooled according to classical Christian principles and pedagogies.

Racial Diversity and Classical Christian Education

In the Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, Rod Dreher briefly comments about the relationship between classical Christian schools and the legacy of racism in the South. Classical Christian schools “would be wise to make special efforts toward racial reconciliation by recruiting black families, especially given that public schools are effectively resegregating.” His thought raises a question:
To what extent are we “making any effort” towards racial reconciliation? With rising racial tensions and schools resegregating, we should explore ways to understand racial misunderstandings and methods to diversify and retain our curriculum, student body, faculty and board of trustees.

Miranda Webster

Miranda and her husband live in Orillia, Ontario in Canada. She has been involved in classical Christian education since 2008. She previously worked at Covenant Classical School in Fort Worth, Texas, and currently teaches seven sections with Veritas Scholars Academy, a classical Christian school partnering with homeschool parents to provide CCE to their students. In 2017, Miranda started a doctoral program in education at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her dissertation is focused on racial diversity and classical Christian education.