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African Diaspora Participatory Literacy Communities

African diaspora participatory literacy communities or ADPLCs are places—both spatial and conceptual—where African people and/or their descendants are united around practices and traditions of literacy valued by their communities. First conceived of by the literacy scholar Maisha T. Winn (formerly Fisher), ADPLCs may exist anywhere in the African world. In the North American context, these literacy communities can be found in places ranging from coffee shops and bookstores to schools and spiritual communities. ADPLCs are sites where collective learning typically occurs in out-of-school and out-of-work settings. These communities value and practice literacy in a number of ways that range from written text to spoken word to music and performance. ADPLCs are intimate communities where multiple layers of communication ensure community closeness and the intergenerational ...

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