Before the tenants of Critical Race Theory (CRT) became a frequent point of reference in educational research, Freire encouraged revolutionary leaders to pose the problems of society through educational projects. His methodology addresses the oppressed though challenges to deficit theories of the dominant ideology and commitments to social justice through experiential knowledge and trans-disciplinary collaboration. The earlier the dialogue begins he reminds, the more revolutionary the movement will be.
Still Magnolias by design, is necessary confrontation with the sights, sounds, smells, and tactile experiences in and around the township - Jonesboro, Georgia, established in 1859. It was inspiration for Margaret Mitchell's fictional plantation - Tara, in her international best-seller, Gone With The Wind. Two blocks east of Tara Boulevard sat base of operations for The Schoolhouse Project. Over the tracks, just beyond North Main Street is where the confederate dead of General Hardee’s Corps lay. They fought in the Battles at Jonesboro until Sherman stormed them down in a fury of fire. On the northernmost corner of the schoolhouse lot, front and center from the picture frame window, stands a stately magnolia.
This educational project themed, Still Magnolias, was the "big picture" from which all expeditionary themes were planned in reverse. Data for this effort was captured via: still images, video, audio, and other traditional measures. Following guidance from Joyce E. King's landmark publication, Black Education: A Transformative Research and Action Agenda for the New Century (2005), the concept of an antebellum plantation schoolhouse which would have excluded children of color was flipped into an alternative learning environment customized for their benefit and that of schools and society as a whole.