1st Edition

Practical Social Justice Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategies Based on the Legacy of Dr. Joseph L. White

Edited By Bedford Palmer II Copyright 2023
    190 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Practical Social Justice brings together the mentorship experiences of a diverse group of leaders across business, academia, and the public sector. They relay the lessons they learned from Dr. Joseph L. White through personal narratives, providing a critical analysis of their experience, and share their best practices and recommendations for those who want to truly live up to their potential as leaders and mentors.

    As one of the founding members of the Association of Black Psychologists, the Equal Opportunity Program, and the ‘Freedom Train’ this book focuses on celebrating Dr. White’s legacy, and translating real world experience in promoting social justice change. Experiential narratives from contributors offer a framework for both the mentee and the mentor, and readers will learn how to develop people and infrastructure strategically to build a sustainable legacy of social justice change. They will be presented with ways to pragmatically focus social justice efforts, favoring results over ego. This is a unique and highly accessible book that will be useful across disciplines and generations, in which the authors illustrate how to build relationships, inspire buy-in, and develop mutually beneficial partnerships that move people and systems towards a more equitable, inclusive, and just future. Providing a personal guide to developing an infrastructure for institutional change, Practical Social Justice is based on over half a century of triumph, translated through the lenses of leaders who have used these lessons to measurable and repeatable success.

    This book will be essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of Psychology, Social Work, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, Public Policy, Leadership, Communications, Business, and Educational Administration. It is also important reading for professionals including leaders and policy makers in organisations dealing with issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and anyone interested in promoting social justice.


    Helen A. Neville Ph.D.

    Section I: Developing Social Justice Advocates – "Keep the Faith"

    Chapter 1: Finding Power: Dr. White’s Social Justice Mentoring

    Anne Chan Ph.D.

    Chapter 2: Creating Community to Support Students of Color

    Kevin Cokley Ph.D.

    Chapter 3: Intersectional Allyship & The Importance of Relationships

    Jennifer L. Lovell Ph.D. and Randi Scott-McLaughlin Ph.D.

    Section II: Paradigm Change – "Making Something from Nothing"

    Chapter 4: Embodied Liberation: Engaging in Activism

    Adisa T. Anderson Ph.D.

    Chapter 5: If a Shadow Has Been Cast, It Must Mean There is Light Nearby: Reflections on Joseph Lewis White

    William D. Parham Ph.D., ABPP

    Chapter 6: A Radical Shift: Shaping the Next Generation of Scholar-Activists of Color

    Jeanett Castellanos Ph.D., Hector Y. Adames Psy.D., Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueña Ph.D., and Veronica Franco M.S.

    Section III: Institutional Change – "Getting Strong in the Broken Places"

    Chapter 7: Healing in The Broken Places: Practical Strategies For Leaders And Change Makers

    Thomas A. Parham Ph.D., and Gerald Parham

    Chapter 8: Creating Organizational Tracks: The Freedom Train Forging New Paths

    Nita Tewari Ph.D.

    Chapter 9: Embracing My Seat at the Table

    Le Ondra Clark Harvey Ph.D.

    Section IV: Future Recommendations – "Don’t Look for Validation in the Faces of your Oppressor."

    Chapter 10: Navigating Toxic Privilege: Keep your Fate in your Own Hands.

    Bedford Palmer II Ph.D. and Michael E. Connor Ph.D.

    Chapter 11: Permission to Succeed

    Jerell B. Hill Ed.D

    Chapter 12: Excellence as a Pathway to Success

    Taisha Caldwell-Harvey Ph.D.


    Bedford Palmer II, PhD. is an associate Professor of counseling at Saint Mary’s College of California, USA, and a licensed psychologist. He focuses his work on issues of social justice and multiculturalism. He produced and co-hosted the Naming It podcast and is the author of the Healthy Conversation children’s book series.

    "Dr. Joseph L. White, the Father of Black Psychology, was a consummate scholar, teacher, educator, and mentor. This book is a manifestation of his "Freedom Train;" a train of generations of his mentees who continue to carry his legacy of examining the effects of the lack of cultural representation in mental health, educational research, and organizational leadership, forward. Joe (as he was affectionately known to all) always said he would know it was time for him to rest when his mentees surpassed him--this book is a testimony to everything he poured into those who have contributed their outstanding work to this book." 

    The White Sisters (Lori White, Lynn White Kell , and Lisa White)

    "By reading the chapters in this text, you will bear witness to Dr. White’s enduring contribution to the lives of past and future generations. The futures of (liberation) psychologies are bright because of the paths Dr. White paved. Hop on the Freedom Train. Be inspired to continue the legacy of Dr. White."

    - Helen A. Neville, Professor of Educational Psychology and African American Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign