Today’s #AntiAbleistComposition feature is “Between Learning and Opportunity: A Study of African American Coders’ Networks of Support” by Antonio Byrd. The essay is published in the 7:2 issue of Literacy in Composition Studies.
Dr. Antonio Byrd studies how the legacies of Black literacy for liberation carry forward into new technologies and media features. Using qualitative research methods, Dr. Byrd’s current research agenda is learning how Black people access and learn computer programming to address racial and economic inequality in their communities. He is currently working on his book manuscript The Literacy Lives of Black Coders: An Ethnographic Study of a Coding Bootcamp. His undergraduate and graduates courses in writing, rhetoric, and language incorporate social justice frameworks such as critical race theory. Dr. Byrd currently serves on the editorial board for Kairos.