Speech at the Opening Session of the 2021 Annual Convention

  • Opening Remarks by┬áValerie Kinloch

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    Valerie Kinloch

    Welcome to our 2021 annual convention for the National Council of Teachers of English.

  • It is a pleasure to be here with you where ever you are in this world, in this moment.

  • Thank you for joining us for the annual convention.

  • I want to start by offering a brief overview or framing for our conference team.

  • Profile Picture of Valerie Kinloch in Speech at the Opening Session of the 2021 Annual Convention

    Valerie Kinloch

    Today finally begins what we have been waiting for for an entire year - our conference for the National Council of Teachers of English that is themed:  Equity, Justice and Antiracist Teaching.

  • And I want to begin by offering the words of poet, feminist, scholar, activist extraordinaire, June Millicent Jordan and in a poem, titled Poem for South African Women she states

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    June Millicent Jordan

    "Our own shadows disappear as the feet of thousands

  • by the tens of thousands pound the fallow land

  • into new dust that

  • rising like a marvellous pollen will be

  • fertile

  • even as the first woman whispering

  • imagination to the trees around her made

  • for righteous fruits

  • from such deliberate defense of life

  • as no other still

  • will claim inferior or any other safety

  • in the world"

  • Profile Picture of Valerie Kinloch in Speech at the Opening Session of the 2021 Annual Convention

    Valerie Kinloch

    And she continues