Joyce McCall was appointed to the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018. Prior to her appointment, she served as a postdoctoral resident scholar and visiting assistant professor in music education at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. McCall earned a PhD in music education from Arizona State University and a Master of Music Education and Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her research includes topics on race, class, culture, culturally relevant pedagogy, and critical race theory. She has presented research and sessions for the American Educational Research Association, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the National Association for Music Education, and the Society for Music Teacher Education and has published articles in the Journal of Music Teacher Education and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association News. Her latest book chapter, "Speak No Evil," has served as a critical tool in the music education profession toward empowering scholars of color and inspiring anti-racist work. McCall proudly served as a clarinetist and saxophonist in the U.S. Army Bands from 1999 to 2013. During her service, she was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Previous assignments include the 151st Army Band in Montgomery, Alabama; the 41st Army Band in Jackson, Mississippi; the 36th Infantry Division Band in Austin, Texas; and the 108th Army Band in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women.
Born in Albany, New York, Stacey Robinson is a visual artist and an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since the early 1990s his work has combined comic book and science fiction aesthetics with Afrocentricity to imagine Black spiritualism and education as a means of transcending colonialism. He completed his Master of Fine Arts at the University at Buffalo, where his thesis, "Binary ConScience," explored Black speculative futures through our cultural wealth, trauma, and imagination. At Harvard University Stacey was a 2019–20 Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research. His research looked at hip-hop's multimodal performance practice of inspiration and activism as self-created reparations and its potential as a means for commodified wealth and Black liberation. As a member of the Black Speculative Arts Movement, Stacey had traveled internationally, having difficult conversations surrounding ideas of Black nationalism. In continuation, his multimedia work discusses ideas of "Black Utopias" as decolonized spaces of peace by considering Black affluent, self-sustaining communities; Black protest movements; and the art movements that document them. As one half of the collaborative team Black Kirby with artist John Jennings, he creates graphic novels, gallery exhibitions, and lectures that deconstruct the work of comic book creator Jack Kirby to reimagine resistance spaces inspired by Black diasporic cultures. His latest graphic novel, I Am Alfonso Jones, with writer Tony Medina is available from Lee and Low Books.