Understanding Black Boyhood Play Experiences in Early Childhood Education

Toward A BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy

Chapter 7 highlights Black boyhood play experiences. Play is both a language and literacy practice, and it is foundational to early childhood education and is an important aspect of the academic enterprise; however, Black boyhood play is under-discussed in early childhood education, despite the anti-Black misandric violence––hate and violence specific to Black boys––that these boys face from their schools and communities as their play is often treated as, in need of discipline, in contrast to similar behaviors regarded differently in the play of White boys.