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With one out of 100 people incarcerated in the United States, it is likely that many of us on the outside are connected in some way to those imprisoned. The 25th Hour builds on that connectedness in sharing the poetry of a young incarcerated black male who beckons readers of his poetry to recognize the human connection between us all, thus the need for those on the outside to work for greater justice for those on the inside.
"The opening was so painfully and brutally true and hit to the core, and reading the author's poetry really sits on me heavy." Konami Chisolm, WASC Senior College and University Commission.
Karen B. McLean Dade is the Associate Dean for Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. She received her Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1994 with a specialization in Cultural Diversity and Curriculum Reform. Her area of research for the past 20 years has focused on social justice arts education, and combating racism in schools. She has authored such books as Through Students' Eyes: Combating Racism in United States Schools, Shattering the Denial: Protocols for the Classroom and Beyond, and Divine N Promise: A Difficult Journey; and has contributed to numerous chapters and journal publications. Dr. McLean Dade is also an internationally recognized scholar that has traveled to approximately 40 countries as a research scholar-in-residence and/or presenter in areas of social justice and anti-discrimination education reform. Some of her noted international work includes comparative antiracist education studies and the development of study abroad programs in South Africa, and non-discriminatory education transformation in India.