Keynote speaker

Dr. Bettina Love to deliver keynote on abolitionist teaching Bettina_Love.jpg
Dr. Bettina Love will discuss the struggles and possibilities of committing to abolitionist goals and fighting for an education system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving.  

The University of Georgia professor and award-winning author is an esteemed educational researcher and highly sought-after public speaker. Her writing, research, teaching and activism are centered around how educators, parents and communities can build schools rooted in abolitionist teaching and equitable classrooms that love and affirm Black and Brown children. 

Love speaks on a range of topics, including anti-racism, hip-hop education and feminism, Black girlhood, queer youth and art-based education to foster youth civic engagement.  

She is the author of the books “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom” and “Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South.” Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and the Journal of LGBT Youth. She also has provided commentary for various news outlets.  

Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN) in 2020. ATN’s mission is simple: develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities.