ERIC Number: ED127390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Growth of Public Schools for Blacks, and the Emergence of Professional Black Savannahians.
Perdue, Robert E.
The history of the growth of public education for the black masses, including topics such as racial attitudes toward black education, the financial problems facing black schools, and the political pressures that led to the development of a system of education for blacks, is traced and discussed in this paper -- specifically as it concerns Savannah, Georgia blacks. The establishment of schools sets the stage for and creates an atmosphere out of which black professionals will develop. Generally professional classes begin to appear among blacks to a substantial degree after the Civil War. The appearance of a class of black professionals depends upon the presence of a permissive educational climate and the development of black educational institutions which evolve chiefly from missionary and philanthropic efforts during the Reconstruction Period. A true class of black professionals does not exist in Savannah, Georgia prior to the 1880's. There had been black teachers, ministers, and physicians in Savannah before 1880, but they grow in number in this decade. In addition, during the 1880's those blacks in the professional classes are largely college graduates. They are conscientious and set the tone of the black community. These professionals often are not only successful at their professions, but also assume positions of leadership in civic affairs. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Black Achievement, Black Culture, Black Education, Black History, Black Influences, Black Students, Educational Development, Educational Opportunities, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Supply, Educational Trends, History, Professional Education, Professional Occupations, Professional Personnel, Professional Training, Public Education, Social History, Southern Citizens, Southern Schools
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia