Foreday Morning by Paul Dash
From a close-knit community and childhood in Barbados to his teenage years in Oxford, where he was the only black child of secondary age in state education, Paul Dash relates his life and experiences in his book Foreday Morning.
Publisher: Frigate Bird, edition 2
Prejudice, racism and marginalisation were common threads throughout his education in the UK; as a child in Barbados he was reading classical literature, yet was placed in a class for children with special educational needs when he moved to Oxford. This, the second and updated edition, is an account of his experiences as a child, an educator and artist of the Windrush generation.
As a talented young artist, Paul gained a place at Chelsea School of Art where he was the only black undergraduate. He went on to teach art in a secondary school, and subsequently became a lecturer for the Institute of Education and Goldsmiths, University of London, at a time when there were very few black academics in higher education. Always a pioneer and continually working to address issues of social justice in education, by the time Paul retired in 2013 he had helped to shape the lives and careers of hundreds of teachers and thousands of learners. Paul continues to work as educator, writer and celebrated painter.
This edition of Foreday Morning includes an in-depth introduction by Dr Miranda Matthews, NSEAD member and head of the Centre for Arts and Learning at Goldsmiths. She writes: ‘Paul’s stories breathe the compassion and awareness of difference that also appear in his artwork.
He has an integral sense of equality that is present in all the experiences he describes. Foreday Morning is a compelling cultural argument for social justice in the arts and education that offers readers the rounded worldview of artist and academic Paul Dash.’
Paul Dash has inspired so many art teachers and educators. Foreday Morning is set to inspire many future generations to come. We cannot recommend this book more highly.