April 28th / 12:00-7 PM


Education for Liberation


The conference goal is to build and celebrate sustainable networks between youth, students, pre- and inservice teachers, teacher educators and administrators, Hip-Hop teaching and performing artists, civic leaders, activists, and social entrepreneurs. We are compiling resources, channeling voices, celebrating art and music, and cultivating passionate people to promote positive change in ourselves and in our communities in the interest of building a global citizenry.

SJSU undergraduate students are positioned as central organizers for the conference which includes workshops, networking, performances, a public debate, a community dialogue and an after party. 


We will have a panel of judges for the public debate on education, hosted by high school scholars and leaders from the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League. The role of the panel is to dialogue with our young scholars and leaders after their debate about their ideas for supporting student access to higher education, gainful and rewarding employment, civic life, as well as ways to navigate life with justified confidence in their linguistic and cultural assets and their visions for informing and leading as global citizens dedicated to a socially just, and culturally and environmentally sustainable future.


Education for Liberation was launched at San José State University in 2017 by Dr. Jen Johnson and students in her class. The event was headlined by Bay Area Hip Hop artist and Bay Area Coordinator for the Hip Hop Caucus, Mandolyn Wind Ludlum (formerly known as Mystic) and included talks and performances by Locksmith, DJ Vex, and MC RadioActive. E4L 2017 also brought together MCs, healers, artists, scholars, students, community activists, and poets.

The consensus in 2017 was that people from the Hip Hop community and from the university wanted to find ways to stay in communication even after the event ended. Following up on the successes of the original meeting, the organizers expanded #E4L in 2018 in order to grow capacity and reinvest that initial energy. Featuring a whole new slate of performances and presentations, plus workshops, networking opportunities, and public debate, #E4L 2018 is poised to carry on the work started in 2017.

© 2018 by Education for Liberation.  For Questions /  Contact us at jennifer.k.johnson@sjsu.edu

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